Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

Posted By Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C. || 13-Jul-2015

On June 26, 2015, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right of marriage to same-sex couples. The split 5-4 decision has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and is being hailed as a major civil rights victory among analysts and LGBT communities all over the country.

Speaking on behalf of the court’s majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote emphatically on what the decision means for citizens who have long been denied the right to marriage. "Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions," he wrote. "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

President Obama also spoke to a White House Rose Garden audience that same day, calling the court decision a "victory for America." He also recognized that decades-long effort to claim the right of marriage that many organizers and activists have had to face. "Progress on this journey often comes in small increments. Sometimes two steps forward, one step back," he told the crowd. "And then sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."

How the Decision Affects Already Married Same-Sex Couples

New York legalized same-sex marriage in 2011, but the recent Supreme Court decision does have an effect on couples who have already obtained a marriage license. The new decision now gives same-sex couples access to federal marriage benefits. These include Social Security benefits, federal employment benefits, military benefits, and others.

For many couples already married, these new benefits may alter a current or anticipated family law issue, such as a divorce or a prenuptial agreement. If you and your partner are currently facing one of these matters, then assistance is within reach. At Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C, our dedicated team has more than 150 years of combined legal experience. We have long been guiding New York couples and families to swift, efficient, and assured legal solutions and, in light of the Supreme Court's newest decision, are prepared to help same-sex couples navigate the new landscape before them.

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