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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - October 22, 2013

Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It’s Complicated

By Carrie Johnson


(Duration: 4:39)

A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in June, a day before the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

It has been four months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling paved the way for thousands of same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits, and a special group of government lawyers has been working to make that happen.

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