On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, one of four civil rights cases brought from separate states concerning the matter of marriage equality. In their split 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that every American was guaranteed the right to marry under the Constitution, effectively legalizing gay marriage nationwide. The announcement was instantly applauded as a major civil rights victory and cause for celebration throughout LGBT communities all over the country.
Justice Anthony Kennedy is widely credited as the justice who made the historic vote possible. In the decision, he wrote emphatically about the LGBT community's long struggle to have their marriage rights recognized: "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 of his support of the decision and how it exemplifies the very principles our country was founded on. "This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality," he said to a White House audience the day of the ruling. "In doing so, they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love."
"How does Obergefell v. Hodges affect California?"
Prior to Obergefell v. Hodges, California was one of the many states that had already passed same-sex marriage legislation. However, the Supreme Court decision now means that federal marriage benefits-- such as Social Security, federal employment, and military benefits-- are now available to same-sex couples. As with any shared finances, these benefits could change the outlook of a family law or divorce matter.
If you and your family are facing a current or anticipated divorce or family law issue and believe that your federal marriage benefits could play a role in their outcome, then Diefer Law Group, P.C. is ready to hear from you. Our board certified, award-winning team is ready to hear your story and secure reliable, amicable solutions that fully address all the benefits afforded to you as a married citizen of this country.
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