Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act denies any benefits of marriage under federal law to same sex couples. There have been several court decisions declaring DOMA unconstitutional. Leading much of the litigation has been GLAD – Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Boston based advocacy organization. Couples who might benefit from the ultimate demise of DOMA need to act in a timely manner to preserve their rights. I have written about this in the context of income taxes, but it also applies to social security benefits as outlined in this guest post from Vickie Henry of GLAD.