On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which precludes recognition by federal agencies and programs of same-sex marriages that are valid in the states where they are performed, is unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment.
Megan Hladilek, associate at Faegre Baker Daniels, spoke with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal on how the ruling will have a greater impact on employers in Minnesota than for businesses in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.
"The state has yet to decide whether to tax same-sex spouse benefits, but it will likely follow the feds' lead," Hladilek said. "We will need official guidance from the Department of Revenue that that is the case."