In a far-reaching response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down natural marriage laws last summer in Obergefell v. Hodges, the IRS and Department of the Treasury have changed the meanings of the words 'spouse,' 'marriage,' 'husband' and 'wife.' This change was also a response to the Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, which ruled that the words 'spouse' and 'marriage' could not be limited to heterosexual marriages.
'Husband' and 'wife' now refers to 'two individuals lawfully married to each other,' regardless of sex. The new definitions will give same-sex marriage couples job-protected leave to take care of their spouse’s family members under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and applies to the marital status of taxpayers for purposes of the income, estate, gift, excise and payroll taxes."
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