The Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was enacted September 21, 1996. US law did not recognize same-sex marriage granted under the laws of other states. This act defined "marriage" as a heterosexual union and had defined "spouse" as “a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." While the act was in place the Internal Revenue Code adopted the definition of "spouse" from DOMA and excluded same-sex spouses from some of the taxation benefits a heterosexual spouse. On June 26, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of DOMA, which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages, unconstitutional. However, this left in place Section 2, which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
On August 29, 2013 IRS issued ruling IR-2013-72 which stated same-sex couples, legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage will be treated as married for federal purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage. The PeopleSoft team is working hard to define the areas of impact to the Benefits, PeopleSoft Payroll for North America, and Payroll Interface Products. We will be delivering some changes as early as Tax Update 13-E as we continue to analyze the complete scope and impact to the PeopleSoft product lines. Please see the PeopleSoft Position Paper on My Oracle Support , Document ID 1586141.1.