Massive Regulatory Review in Wake of DOMA Ruling
Posted at 9:45 a.m. on June 28
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ban on federal benefits for gay couples is sure to trigger a mammoth effort to change hundreds of regulations and laws across the breadth of government,” according to The Hill.
“Within hours of the ruling, President Obama directed Attorney General Eric Holder and other members of his Cabinet to begin poring over relevant federal statutes and regulations that might need to be adjusted.”
“In some instances, updating policies in accordance with the law could be as simple as issuing informal agency guidance… In others, agencies would likely have to go through a formal rulemaking process. In others still, Congress might have to pass legislation to change the language of various statutes.”
The Sacramento Bee looks at how the ruling will end the discriminatory impact of DOMA in campaign finance laws: “Married gay and lesbian candidates who ran for federal office could not fund their campaigns using personal resources that were available to other married candidates… Individuals in same-sex marriages could not attend certain political meetings or interact with certain political groups that were open to other married citizens.”