June 26, 2014
Nanette Lee Miller, Co-Leader of the LGBT Practice Group, Quoted in CNNMoney Article, "One Year Later: Same-Sex Marriage Ruling's Impact."
By Blake Ellis
It's been one year since the Supreme Court's monumental ruling on same-sex marriage, and many couples have already seen their lives change dramatically.
When the Defense of Marriage Act - which limited the definition of marriage to a man and a woman - was overturned last June, married same-sex couples were granted access to more than 1,000 spousal benefits.
The three most important benefits couples say they have received within the last year: the ability to make medical decisions for a spouse who is incapacitated, spousal health care and insurance coverage and inheritance rights, according to a new Wells Fargo survey of 875 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender investors.
Other new rights include the ability to receive survivor benefits and to qualify for the federal estate tax exemption when a spouse passes away.
But overall, the excitement of being married has outweighed any negatives, said Nanette Miller, who works directly with same-sex clients as the head of the LGBT practice at accounting firm Marcum LLP.
"There's just a lot of relief," she said. "They're still trying to understand what it all means, but they're happy to be treated the same."