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Hennepin County court rules same-sex partner can inherit assets
Minneapolis Star-Tribune • Aug 2, 2012
Minnesota's Defense of Marriage Act does not deny the right of same-sex partners to inherit each other's assets, according to a groundbreaking ruling Wednesday. The Hennepin County District Court referee's ruling means that James Morrison of Minneapolis is entitled to about $250,000 in assets he once shared with Thomas Proehl, his partner of 25 years.
It's the first ruling to establish that the act, known as DoMA, does not deny same-sex couples the "benefits of marriage," including the right to inherit. It could prove influential in other issues involving same-sex couples, including spousal privilege, legal and economic benefits.
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