Same-sex ruling: 'A huge relief'

Couples talk about what the Supreme Court's historic decision means for their money.

Will pay more tax but 'it's all worth it'
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Sean Liphard and Auntré Hamp
Washington, D.C.

The couple: Liphard, 40, and Hamp, 31, began getting serious three years ago. Then they entered into a domestic partnership in California, relocated to Washington, D.C., and legally married in Maryland last month.

Financial impact: Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, the couple has had to file multiple state and federal tax returns -- costing them an extra $200 in preparation fees. That will disappear now.

Yet, the couple will owe roughly $2,000 more in income tax when filing federal taxes as a married couple. But they will save $1,500 on the tax paid on spousal health insurance.

"To be able to file taxes together and get the same benefits and be recognized as a couple is all worth it," Liphard said.

The couple went to the Supreme Court to watch the decision unfold.

"This was a huge day -- there was screaming, cheering and a woman even came up and hugged us. It was pretty emotional, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time," said Liphard. "It really solidifies our current marriage and is just a huge relief."


- Last updated June 26 2013 06:55 PM ET
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