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JOLI IM Federal Recognition of Same Sex Spouses and Marriages

Published: May 22, 2014
Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Information Memorandums (IM)
This guidance is intended to implement a post-Windsor policy of treating same-sex marriages on the same terms as opposite-sex marriages to the greatest extent reasonably possible.  Accordingly, when applying the HHS poverty guidelines to define low-income individuals to be employed in JOLI-funded projects, the income of same-sex spouses shall be considered part of a “family” income so long as the same-sex spouses entered into a marriage valid in the state where they were married.  Similarly, when applying the poverty guidelines for these same purposes, if marital status is a factor when determining “household” composition then the income of any such same-sex spouses shall be considered part of the applicant’s “household” income.