What does the Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) mean to married couples in Kitsap County? It was a huge step forward towards equality for same-sex couples and their families, with far reaching effects – from income taxes to immigration.
There are over a thousand federal benefits now available to married couples in states that recognize their marriages, like here in Washington. Couples in states that do not recognize their marriage will only have some of the federal benefits, and that part is a little more confusing.
The Lambda Legal website had more information about the decision and what it means.
In addition, many folks in Kitsap County are federal employees, so the US Supreme Court decision to strike down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that prevented federal recognition of married same-sex couples opens up employee benefits previously only available to heterosexual married couples. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was swift to put into place an open enrollment period for any couples already married.
Here is a link to more information: