Moving quickly to erase the Defense of Marriage Act struck down by the Supreme Court last year, the Obama administration has rewritten the definition of “marriage” and “family” to include same-sex spouses and family members as anyone with a “close” relationship.
In a notice published Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued new “guidance,” determining that a family member is, “among other things, ‘spouse,’ ‘brothers, sisters, and spouses of brothers and sisters,’ and ‘any individual related by … affinity whose close association with the subject is the equivalent of a family relationship.'”
The FDA said the change will impact several areas of coverage, including mammography and consent for incapacitated family members.
The change follows the court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act which excluded same-sex relationships.