Less than a week has passed since the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages, and the people who were treated unequally under the law are already seeing major changes.
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On Friday, the Obama administration unlocked major benefits for same-sex spouses of federal employees. That evening, the first foreign-born spouse in a same-sex marriage was awarded his green card.
But as we noted Thursday, not all same-sex couples will be treated equally under the law. For same-sex spouses who live in "non-recognition" states, timing and geography will determine whether they're eligible for certain federal spending programs, private benefits, and tax requirements, which are still linked in certain ways to residency and state law.
Before the DOMA ruling, this inequality didn't exist -- all same-sex marriages were equally unequal in the feds' eyes. By creating it, the Court has inadvertently created a whole new set of financial questions, considerations, and predicaments for same-sex spouses.