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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized Nationwide by Supreme Court

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized Nationwide by Supreme Court

Posted By Eaker Law Firm || 24-Jul-2015

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, one of four cases presented from different states, all of which dealt with the matter of marriage equality. In a landmark opinion, the justices declared that, under our Constitution, all Americans have the right to marry. The ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and is already being hailed as a major civil rights victory for our country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court's 5-4 majority, passionately regarding the importance of marriage in our society: "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family." He also wrote about the LGBT community's long, enduring efforts to have their marriage rights recognized: "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

At the time of Obergefell v. Hodges, 37 states had already had marriage equality. While Texas had recently overturned its ban on same-sex marriage, it had not yet established legal recognition for these unions.

What does Obergefell v. Hodges mean for Texas?

Now that the Supreme Court has made its ruling, same-sex marriage is legally the same as opposite-sex marriage. That means that a whole new community of Texans can now embrace all the benefits or marriage—and face its challenges.

At Eaker Law Firm, we providing family law and divorce services for more than 15 years. Over that time, our skilled and compassionate team of Rockwall County family law attorneys have helped hundreds of families reach their legal goals, all the while aggressively protecting their interests throughout the legal process. We are now excited to offer those same services to a whole new community of Texans who have family had their marriage rights recognized.

Contact us today for a one-on-one case evaluation. We are ready to hear your story.