Friday, June 7, 2013
From Deborah Widiss (Indiana University Maurer School of Law), writing for the Atlantic:
Liza Mundy's recent article in The Atlantic suggests that same-sex couples can serve as a model for different-sex couples struggling to find a fair division of breadwinning and caretaking work. As I discuss more fully in a recent law review article, that might be true—but it is too soon to know. There are, as Mundy reports, many studies showing that same-sex couples typically divide such responsibilities more equally than different-sex couples. But these studies predate legal marriage for same-sex couples. Although they focus on same-sex couples in long-term committed relationships, most of the data was collected before their relationships were legally recognized at all. Furthermore, under the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), no same-sex couples currently count as "married" for federal purposes.