WASHINGTON -- The Education Department's announcement earlier this year that it would better accommodate same-sex couples, and unmarried couples, on its Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning in the 2014-15 academic year means that the Supreme Court decision Wednesday allowing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage will have little impact.
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. That means same-sex couples may file joint tax returns, and the children of those couples should list both parents on the FAFSA, according to a fact sheet released Wednesday by gay and lesbian advocacy groups.
- FAFSA changes recognized many kinds of parents
- Education Department recognizes same-sex marriages for student aid purposes
- Partner benefits in higher ed evolve as more states recognize gay marriage
- Scholarly associations file briefs in Supreme Court cases on gay marriage
- Same-Sex Couples and Financial Aid
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