By Matthew Caulfield
The day that the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was a day that would change the lives of millions of Americans, LGBTQI, and heterosexual alike. It was a historic decision and a step in the direction of equality that will continue to define American jurisprudence as it relates to federal marriage recognition for years to come.
The US v. Windsor (2013) decision raised questions on issues ranging from American federalism to the ethics of what some would call “legislating love.” But one subject, in particular, has always been a grey area: the issue of qualified pensions. Admittedly, pension benefits are not the first thing that comes to mind when many think of the burgeoning egalitarianism in our society, but, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of 2011, assets in US pension plans total more than 6.3 trillion dollars.