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Gay married couples, still single in the eyes of Florida law, sort through court's DOMA decision

Miami Herald
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July 22, 2013

The recent Supreme Court decision tossing part of DOMA, the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, gave gay and lesbian married couples in 13 states and the District of Columbia complete legal and financial equality with their straight counterparts.

The June 26 ruling also “put gay couples on notice in Florida” that their relationships still aren’t equal to opposite-sex married couples, according to Gene Sulzberger, a Miami attorney and certified financial planner.

“Everybody's on alert and wondering what the future holds, identifying what kind of planning they need to do — especially if they are from a state where they were able to get married and are now living here,” said Sulzberger, a senior vice president of PRS Investment Advisory in Miami.

Fort Lauderdale real estate broker Keith Blackburn, who wed partner Deven in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17, 2011, describes his marriage experience with government as “frustrating and in several ways degrading.”