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Alex Reed, a professor of legal studies at the Terry College, weighed in on what the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling about gay marriage means for the people of Georgia. 

“There is a treasure trove of legal benefits from marriage,” said Alex Reed, a professor of legal studies in the UGA Terry College of Business. “From the ability to file tax returns jointly, to getting Social Security. There are something like 1,100 federal benefits to folks who have legally recognized marriages."

Reed described the decision as “the opening salvo” of several years of litigation that could eventually mean same-sex marriage is recognized in each state. Will someone from a state like Georgia—that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage—still receive federal benefits if he or she marries in New York, which does recognize same-sex marriage? That’s the question to be decided, he said.