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      Federal Marriage Benefits? Not for Everyone

      by Stephen Ohlemacher

      Associated Press

      Sunday Jun 30, 2013


      Like other married couples, same-sex couples are about to learn that federal benefits for being married might not be all they’re cracked up to be.

      Social Security benefits for spouses can be generous, but only for couples with big disparities in their incomes. Taxes are a decidedly mixed bag, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions for the Internal Revenue Service.

      Many middle-income couples should get welcome tax breaks now that they can change their filing status from "single" to "married filing jointly." The biggest benefits will go to couples in which one spouse makes more money than the other.





      Tax Benefits and Penalties of Marriage

      Associated Press

      Sunday Jun 30, 2013


      The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states that recognize their unions. The tax benefits of being married, however, are a mixed bag.





      Prop 8 supporters accuse court of ‘lawlessness’ for allowing resume of same-sex weddings

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      29 June 2013, 5:26pm


      Supporters of the now defunct Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the US state of California, have claimed that the courts have acted in a “lawless” way, following the resume of same-sex weddings in the state.





      US: Court gives green light to allow same-sex weddings to resume immediately in California

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      29 June 2013, 1:15am


      Same-sex couples wishing to marry in the US state of California have been pleasantly surprised, as a crucial stay has been lifted, meaning the state can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.





      Supreme Court rules on same-sex cases

      Rulings do not change UMC definition of marriage

      by Heather Hahn on July 01, 2013


      (UMNS) — The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings June 26 on same-sex marriage are being hashed out. But the rulings already are winning praise from some United Methodists even as they trouble others.


      Decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate.


      On one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate on how the church ministers to gays and lesbians.





      Judge: Trial Possible on Mich. Gay Marriage Ban

      by Ed White

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


      DETROIT -- A judge signaled Monday that a trial is possible to determine whether Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional, nearly nine years after voters approved it by a wide margin.


      U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who are challenging a law that bars them from adopting each other’s children as well as a 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage only as between a man and a woman.





      New Poll: Marriage Equality Support at Record High in Wake of SCOTUS Ruling

      by Jason St. Amand

      National News Editor

      Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


      According to a new USA Today poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage - a record high, which comes after the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.


      "By an unprecedented 55 percent to 40 percent, Americans say marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights of traditional marriage," USA Today writes. "That’s the highest level of support since Gallup began asking the question in 1996. Then, fewer than half that number, 27 percent, backed the idea."



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