When the Supreme Court struck down the material portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), there was nationwide coverage of the, clearly historic, changes being made. However, while it is easy to understand the substance of the Court’s decision, it’s impact is not as clear. This is particularly true in the state of Missouri, where we have a definition of marriage, as between one man and one woman, enshrined in our state’s constitution. In order to understand all the potential ramifications, we’ll start off by looking at the DOMA case itself, U.S. v. Windsor, discuss what it will (and won’t) mean for Missourians, take a look at what might be coming up next in same-sex marriage litigation, and talk about some practical steps that all Missourians in same-sex relationships should think about.
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