On June 26th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled – in an incredibly
narrow 5 to 4 vote – that same-sex couples have the right to marry
all across the country. The ruling will officially put an end to the bans on
same-sex marriage that 14 states had maintained until that day. The controversy surrounding
the decision stems from there.
Many people who oppose the ruling cite that it is an obvious infringement
upon the rights of states who had voted and decidedly banned same-sex
marriage. Others felt that it would be a violation of religious freedoms
to allow same-sex couples to enter what they saw as a sanctimonious institution.
Supporters of the decision argue that marriage is a symbol of true happiness
and love between two individuals. By denying the right to marry based
on their gender, they felt it was a violation of their liberty to pursue
Opinions Aside: What Else Is Changing?
Both sides of the controversial decision have their reasons behind their
arguments, and there is sure to be turmoil about the ruling for quite
some time to come. But looking at the situation objectively, what else
is going to be altered, other than the right to marriage?
Most notably, and perhaps even ironically, same-sex couples may now file for
divorce in any state, regardless of where they were originally married. To many,
this comes as a huge relief, as they were trapped in marriages they wanted
to dissolve but couldn’t due to state boundaries. Other portions of
family law might be modified to reflect the decision as well, such as
child custody and
fathers’ rights, but there is no strong indication of exactly what will happen as of yet.
If you and your same-sex partner live in New York and have questions regarding
family law issues, you can come to H. Benjamin Perez & Associates,
P.C. for answers. Our New York City divorce attorneys have been assisting
and supporting families in their times of need for more than 20 years.
Call (646) 770-0989 today to request a
free initial consultation.