Appellate & Supreme Court Partner Discusses U.S. Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling

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This article, about the U.S. Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) ruling, quotes partner Bob Loeb. Mr. Loeb was involved in all of the DOMA deliberations and litigation during his time at the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Relevant statutes" includes "every possible tax and benefit program that the government runs," according to Loeb, the former acting Deputy Director of the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division.

Think Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, income taxes, federal pension benefits and welfare programs. Loeb said more than 1,000 programs would be implicated by today's decision.

The Civil Division and Office of Legal Counsel will take the lead, issuing directives and helping agencies, like Health and Human Services, update their forms and computer systems.

"These are changes all of the agencies have anticipated knowing the court could come to this decision," said Loeb.​