Family Law – Marriage

US Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

red-equal-signs-marriage-equalityjpg-0fababd8b362bf7cIn what can only be described as a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on June 26, 2015, that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.  The case came before the Supreme Court on appeals from lower courts’ rulings in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.  Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the 5-4 majority, finding that:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Obergefell et al. v. Hodges (US Sup Ct, June 26, 2015)