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March 28, 2013

DOMA “touch[es] every aspect of life. Your partner is sick. Social Security. I mean, it’s pervasive. It’s not as though, well, there’s this little federal sphere and it’s only a tax question. It’s—it’s—as Justice Kennedy said, 1100 statutes, and it affects every area of life.” Once a state recognizes the freedom of gay and lesbian couples to marry, “for the federal government then to come in to say no joint return, no marital deduction, no Social Security benefits; your spouse is very sick but you can’t get leave . . . one might well ask, what kind of marriage is this?”

– Justice Ginsburg

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