Lunch Meeting: DOMA and Its Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

  • Friday, October 18, 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Little America Hotel, 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lunch Meeting: DOMA and Its Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

Our speaker will be Raynard H. Davis, J.D (National Benefit Services, LLC). To prevent the nationwide ripple it feared would result from a single state’s recognition of same-sex marriage, the federal government enacted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996.  Events in the state of Hawaii triggered the alarm, and DOMA was presented to silence it.  With just two substantive sections, DOMA accomplished its mission by allowing states to disregard same-sex marriages regardless of whether they were recognized where they were performed and by defining “marriage” and “spouse” for federal law purposes as excluding same sex unions. When DOMA was signed into law by President Clinton, no states permitted same-sex marriage.  Today 13 states, as well as the District of Columbia, permit it. The 1,138 instances of the use of the terms ‘‘marriage’’ and ‘‘spouse’’ in federal laws now have new meaning in light of the Court’s actions.  Ray will address what the decision and the resulting guidance from the DOL and IRS means for you, as benefits professionals, for your customers, and their employees.


Western Pension & Benefits Council Salt Lake City Chapter

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