NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Tuesday, June 25.
Big money at stake in same-sex marriage ruling
The Supreme Court could decide the financial fate of thousands of same-sex couples this week. A decision on the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, is expected to be announced as soon as Tuesday. If the act is overturned, married same-sex couples in a dozen states will become eligible for more than 1,000 spousal benefits that are currently off limits.
2014: When the economy finally takes off
When will America's economy finally stop limping along? 2014. That's what a growing number of economists are predicting. Things have been grim since the recession officially ended in June 2009. Job creation is barely outpacing population growth, and our GDP growth is sluggish. But next year, economists foresee a convergence of several factors that could finally kick this recovery into high gear. First on the list is the federal budget. After epic fights this year over the "fiscal cliff," the "sequester," and a bunch of other wonky stuff, lawmakers have finally managed to cobble together enough tax hikes and spending cuts to at least stabilize the country's credit rating.
Question about Obamacare? Here's a number to call for help
Americans are still pretty fuzzy about what Obamacare can do for them. A new hotline aims to help answer those questions. The administration on Monday launched a toll-free helpline and revamped its HealthCare.gov site to answer basic questions about the state-based health insurance exchanges that will open for enrollment in October. A Spanish-language site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, is also available. The helpline, 800-318-2596, is available 24/7 and can provide assistance in 150 languages. There is also a new live-chat feature on HealthCare.gov. A CNNMoney reporter's initial live-chat question on whether green card holders are eligible to sign up was answered with a textbook response that enrollees must be citizens or "lawfully present." A second question on whether the holder had to be here for a certain period of time before being eligible to enroll was referred to the call center.
Smithfield cuts ties to Paula Deen
Smithfield Foods Inc. SFD -0.39% said Monday that it has ended its relationship with celebrity chef and restaurateur Paula Deen, following her admission in a recent court deposition that she had used racial epithets in her past. Ms. Deen had been an endorser for Smithfield meats, with her name and face on products including its spiral-sliced ham. The move by Smithfield follows an announcement by the Food Network on Friday that it wouldn't be renewing Ms. Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month. Ms. Deen issued a video statement shortly before the Food Network announcement, apologizing to the public.