SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now in Washington D.C. the United States Supreme Court is considering gay marriage. On Wednesday five justices, a majority, raised questions about a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples, even though the benefits are given to other married couples. The law affects a range of benefits available to married couples including tax breaks, survivor benefits and health insurance.
It's a bit of a complicated issue but essentially same sex couples in Washington state can marry and have the same benefits as every other married couple, but there are problems if they were to leave the state. If a same sex couple were to be married in Washington and move to Oklahoma, where their marriage isn't legally recognized, then they would not receive any of the benefits of married couples. This ruling could change that.
The Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.) was signed into law by Bill Clinton and it allows states to pick and choose who they recognize in legal marriages. The Supreme Court expects to make a decision by late June early July. It's going to come down to one swing vote in Justice Kennedy as people are unsure of which direction he will go.