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
Contact us today for a
free case evaluation with a trusted Hudson Valley family lawyer today.