The National Association of College and University Attorneys, in cooperation with ACE, will hold a webinar Sept. 26 on how the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will impact colleges and universities.
On June 26, in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, which had prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages for purposes of federal laws and benefits. Already, a patchwork of rulings is emerging from around the country as lower courts try to clarify the boundaries of this ruling.
The ruling is expected to have a significant impact on colleges and universities across many areas, including employee benefits, tax withholdings, and immigration and naturalization issues for faculty, students and staff.
In addition, dozens of states still prohibit same-sex marriage by statute or constitutional ban, raising many questions as to how colleges and universities in these states should apply their benefits programs with respect to same-sex couples.
This webinar will bring together legal experts to discuss the Windsor decision's impact on colleges and universities, specifically:
The meaning of the Windsor decision and subsequent state decisions
The decision's impact on both public and private institution employee benefits including health and welfare plans, tax-qualified retirement plans, and Family and Medical Leave Act rights
Immigration issues related to foreign students, faculty and staff in same-sex marriages
Practical issues for colleges and universities in jurisdictions where state law does not recognize same-sex marriage
For more information and to register, see the NACUA website.