Same Sex Marriage
United States v Windsor (2013):
- The Supreme Court ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional, and that it violated that rights of gays and lesbians. The Supreme Court also ruled that DOMA interfered with the states right to define marriage. United States v. Windsor was the first case to reach the Supreme Court on the issue of gay marriage.
Hollingsworth v Perry (2013)
- The Supreme Court ruled that there was no standing for those opposed of same-sex marriage in California to appeal proposition 8. The ruling did not directly affect other states, but it did remove legal battles for same-sex couples wishing to marry in California.
Obergefell v Hodges (2015)
- The Supreme Court ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. The Court ruled that denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment. The decision means that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in Obergefell v Hodges that same sex marriage is legal nationwide. This landmark case will act as precedent going forward meaning that same-sex couples may legally get married in all states across the United States. The legal right to marry has a broad effect on many other legal rights and areas of immigration, probate, tax, medical, children and child custody, parenting, divorce, insurance, and much more. The newest decision by the Supreme Court allows more flexibility in all of these areas as well as others for same-sex couples who may now become married.
If you are thinking of marrying or entering into a domestic partnership please contact our office for a consultation on how your legal rights can be affected by these SCOTUS decisions and how to best protect yourself.
The Law Office of Jeffrey Y. Bennett, LLC is committed to assisting the LGBT community with the protection of their civil, legal, and financial rights which includes the right to marry.
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