By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Early Bird Brief. Many large companies already allow same-sex couples to be included on health insurance benefits if they meet certain criteria not all companies offer this, however, so be sure to check with your employer regarding health insurance benefits.
This was overturned in the June 26,Supreme Court decision requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages.
The Pentagon on Friday said there was no change in policy at the Defense Department, since it has already made the same benefits available to all military spouses regardless of sexual orientation. According to CNN Money, Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act opens the door to over 1, spousal benefits that were previously off-limits to same-sex couples source.
This is obviously a game-changer for many couples. The best way to see if you may be affected is to look at the marginal income tax rates. Keep in mind these changes listed above are only federal benefits.
If this affects you, then I recommend watching the news over the coming weeks and months to see how this plays out, and whether you can refile your previous tax returns or make any other corrections. Estate planning can be complicated, especially for wealthy individuals.
But committee Republicans labeled it a potentially divisive change which could jeopardize veterans' cost-of-living increases, fearing that many of their conservative colleagues would block the annual and usually noncontroversial legislation. Further guidance requires servicemembers to reside at least miles or further from a state where same-sex marriage is legal.
For more information, please see our Advertising Policy. Update July The Supreme Court ruling on June 26,declared that states cannot ban same-sex marriagewhich further opened the door to married same-sex partners to be eligible to receive equal benefits available to heterosexual spouses.
If you have specific questions regarding your claim, you should contact the VA or a benefits counselor at a Veterans Service Organization for further assistance. Whether or not the change is eventually made, same-sex couples who qualify will continue to be able to share GI Bill credits, VA home loans and other veterans benefits.
A House Veterans' Affairs Committee panel knocked down an attempt Wednesday to update language in Department of Veterans Affairs statutes to officially recognize married gay couples.