Political donation process streamlined for gay couples

FEC logoBY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

The U.S. agency charged with regulating campaign finance law unanimously approved Thursday a pair of opinions that brings its policy into alignment with the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Federal Election Commission approved by two separate votes of 5-0 the advisory opinions, which will allow married same-sex couples to make joint political donations from an individual bank account.

The two advisory opinions were drafted by lawyers for the FEC in response to queries from both Democrats and Republicans seeking to simplify the process for married same-sex couples to make political contributions.

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