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Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision Affects Employers’ Obligations under the FMLA

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On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal law that defined “marriage” as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and “spouse” as a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. (2013). These definitions, codified in the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), limited the rights, benefits, and responsibilities conferred by more than 1,000 other federal laws to married couples in heterosexual unions.