By Carolyn Cozart on Jul 01, 2013
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. This court ruling overturned a provision of the law that had denied federal benefits granted to persons in opposite-sex marriages to persons in same-sex marriages who were legally married in states that recognize same-sex marriage. This court ruling will allow same-sex couples who are legally married in states that recognize same-sex marriage to receive the same federal benefits granted to opposite-sex couples. PeopleSoft anticipates system changes will be needed once guidance is published on this topic by the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, and other U.S. government agencies. Please be assured that our legislative analysts are monitoring this situation daily.