Federal recognition of same-sex marriage is still a state-by-state proposition

07/8/2013 | Nerd's Eye View blog

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and in effect upholding the California court's invalidation of that state's same-sex marriage ban don't require all states to recognize the federally sanctioned unions. Financial writer Michael Kitces discusses how federal programs apply the "state of residence" versus "place of celebration" analysis to determine whether a couple's union will be recognized for purposes of obtaining federal benefits and protections.

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