WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that the political contributions of married same-sex couples should be treated equally to the donations of married straight couples, acting after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court on gay marriage.
The FEC unanimously approved two advisory opinions that were requested after the Supreme Court's decision in June striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, a law which denied federal benefits to married gay couples. The FEC decisions place it among the first federal agencies to approve new rules following the high court's decision.
"Whether this will benefit one campaign or another is going to fluctuate over time. But the fact is we should all agree, whether Democrat or Republican, all Americans – whether gay or straight – should have equal rights to participate in the political process," said Marc Elias, a campaign finance attorney who represented the parties.