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
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
Contact us today for a one-on-one
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