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After Breakup, Law Often Treats Gays as Married

Supreme courts in many states are debating whether to define marriage as a union between opposite genders. But in recent rulings, judges are treating gay and lesbian couples as if they are married -- especially when it comes to dividing assets and assigning child custody when couples split up. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.

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Tovia Smith is an award-winning NPR National Correspondent based in Boston, who's spent more than three decades covering news around New England and beyond.