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DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This means same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. How do you feel about this ruling?
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This means same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. How do you feel about this ruling?
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This means same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. How do you feel about this ruling? 
Angie Schleicher June 28, 2013 at 09:02 AM
I have mixed feelings about this. As a lesbian, in a long term, monogamous, committed relationship, I was overwhelmed with emotion at the news of the ruling. My wife and I married in 2007, in Niagara Falls. We got our marriage license from Ontario. We're legally married there, but still not so here, even thought if one of us had been a male, our marriage would be legal here. This ruling doesn't really have much impact on us. Even if we went to, say New York where same sex marriage is allowed, and got married again, upon returning home to Ohio, we'd still fall between the cracks of this ruling. The federal government says we could file our taxes as a married couple, but the state of Ohio says we can't. And to further complicate things, the state of Ohio says that how we file our federal taxes, our Ohio taxes must also be filed, mandating that we forgo our federal government's granted right to file as a married couple. So there is still a lot to work out, but thankfully, we are one step closer.

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