Suetonius saidOf course they are entitled to federal benefits. The article talks mainly about not getting benefits from states that don't provide for same sex marriage. The right to benefits in those states is yet to be litigated - and the outcome is far from certain.
In most instances, you are correct. But there are a few federal benefits that are explicitly tied to where the couple resides, and not to where they married, that's how the law was worded back then when no one could foresee today's situation. Social Security is the biggest one. Either congress amends those statutes, or it will have to be litigated as well. Winnable, in all likelihood, but it still takes time and money.
Correct. ALL Federal benefits are NOT available at this time to same-sex couples EVERYWHERE in the US who are LEGALLY married in States that permit those marriages. And that's the dilemma.
Federal benefits may be available in the State where the marriage occurred, and in other same-sex marriage States, but in no other States that prohibit gay marriage.
And yet, these are Federal benefits, and doesn't the Federal government supersede State law? So it normally does. But not, apparently, when it comes to gay marriage. The Federal government allows State law to determine if a same-sex couple receives certain Federal benefits.
So that this is an issue in flux. The months ahead will be interesting, as these conflicts are resolved.