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6/27/2013: What Does the DOMA Ruling Mean for Benefit Plans? (Warner Norcross & Judd LLP)
"In those states that do not recognize same-sex marriages, additional guidance on how federal law will coordinate with state marriage laws is needed.... The litigation risk, however, is greater if the employer uses the state of domicile rule and the state of marriage rule is ultimately determined to control. For example, same-sex spouses could claim they were improperly denied rights to medical coverage or survivor benefits in retirement plans. The risk in following the state of marriage rule, if the state of domicile rule is ultimately determined to control, is only that the employer would have reported income incorrectly on W-2s for health coverage or participants would have been wrongly required to get spousal consent to retirement distributions."
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