One of the topics we discussed was the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down portions of DOMA, on Pennsylvania employers. As luck would have it, we got a great illustration earlier in the week from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Cozen O'Connor v. Tobits (opinion here via c2essentials).
The case provides a great illustration of how complicated things can get in this post-Windsor world. The case involved a woman who participated in a Pennsylvania law firm's plan that provided for a survivorship annuity to her beneficiary upon her death. Sadly, she passed away. The issue was whether she has a "spouse," who would be the default beneficiary (if not, the survivor benefits go to her parents). Whether ERISA recognized her same-sex partner as her spouse should give us our winner.