The federal government won't recognize same-sex couples, but it can pay benefits to their children. That's the result of a U.S. Department of Justice opinion released June 9. According to the opinion, federal law does not prohibit the Social Security Administration from paying insurance benefits to the nonbiological child of a partner in a Vermont civil union. The decision is notable because the Defense of Marriage Act bars the government from extending federal benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
Justice Department OKs Benefits for Lesbian Couple's Child
The American Lawyer
June 18, 2008