Under the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), since 1993, eligible employees have been allowed to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons including to care for a spouse dealing with a medical issue.  Spouse now includes those in same-sex marriages. The change ostensibly stems from the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) being overturned in court, in that the previous definition of spouse did not cover a person in a legal same-sex marriage.  The new rule provides FMLA coverage to all legally married couples, regardless of the state in which the employee resides and whether that state recognizes same-sex marriage.