The Supreme Court today struck down the 1996 law blocking federal recognition of gay marriage. The court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to gay couples who are legally married in their states, including social security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave.

This court ruling was not about the constitutionality of gay marriage. This is determined at the state level currently. What does this mean for the financial services industry ? It means that planners need now be ready to address questions from the LGBT community with respect to Federal benefits. I am not confident anyone has all the answers but one thing I know for certain is that "change is inevitable."

Doug Hendee

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