Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal Across All 50 States
The United States Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015 that same-sex marriage in all 50 states cannot be banned, therefore legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide in Obergfell, et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al. This was a 5-4 decision written by Justice Kennedy in which Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan joined. The Court described four principles and traditions demonstrating the reasons marriage is a fundamental right; 1) The right to personal choice; 2) “the right to marry supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals”; 3) marriage safeguards children and families; and 4) marriage is a keystone of the Nation’s social order.
Same-sex couples have already married in counties all over Michigan today in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling. Ingham County Court Clerk, Barb Byrum has released that on June 26, 2015, the Ingham County Clerk’s Office will stay open “as long as needed” to perform wedding ceremonies.
This is a landmark ruling will have wide spread effects for families and children across the nation and significant impacts on many areas of law including family law, probate and estate planning, social security, and health care law.
This article was written by Mieke V. Weissert, an associate with the Loomis Law Firm.