The #unemployment insurance (UI) program provides short-term income to unemployed workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. It reduces the hardship felt by families during periods of temporary unemployment and bolsters local economies by maintaining the purchasing power of the unemployed workers. UI is financed by premiums paid by employers to both the federal and state governments, through the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA) programs.
In a landmark 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court ruled that the portion of the law that denies federal benefits to gay couples is unconstitutional. The court also dismissed the Prop. 8 appeal, which means that same-sex marriages can resume in California. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)