The 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act means that some states are allowing same-sex couples to file joint tax returns -- even if their marriages are banned in the state.
The measure if approved would adjust state statutes to link a resident's formal filing status on both Colorado and Federal tax returns.
With the passage of the Colorado Civil Union Act, the Colorado General Assembly provided thousands of committed couples with legal protections and responsibilities. The bill went into effect on May, 1, 2013.
Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and made a ruling in the Prop 8 case-- California’s ban on gay marriage.
Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage won’t have a direct impact on Colorado law but that doesn’t mean the rulings, which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for gay marriage to resume in California, won’t be felt here, too.
Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in two historic cases that have to do with gay marriage. One tests the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
At the stroke of midnight, civil unions became the law of the land in Colorado.