In August 2013, Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage. This law followed on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013 that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA barred the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages allowed in many states, meaning legally married couples were denied the federal rights enjoyed by heterosexual spouses.
In combination, the HF 1054 amendments to the Minnesota marriage statutes and DOMA protect the rights of same-sex couples under Minnesota and federal laws. However, married couples may still face discrimination when they travel or move to other states or if they own out-of-state property.
It seems likely that one day, all states will grant equal marital rights. Until that day comes, take steps to protect yourself and your family, including:
A Minnesota family law attorney can answer your questions about the new Minnesota and federal laws affecting same-sex marriages.
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