This decision on DOMA does not alter any state laws governing whether same-sex couples can marry. Instead, it determines whether same-sex couples that are legally married in one state can receive federal benefits that apply to heterosexual married couples.
"Today's Supreme Court decision holding unconstitutional the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is an important step forward in providing Americans with greater equality and dignity," said Nancy Altman, Co-Chair of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign. "It is also an important victory in ensuring that all workers and their families have some measure of economic security."
Altman continued, "With every paycheck, married couples earn valuable Social Security spousal and survivor benefits. Now, married couples that are the same gender will not be denied the Social Security benefits they have earned for each other.”