Recently, the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law
that made it impossible for same-sex couples to receive federal benefits
even if they were married in a state that accepted homosexual marriage.
Now, the Supreme Court has declared that in locations where gay marriage
is permissible, the couples will receive the same federal benefits as
heterosexual couples in those locations.
Justice Anthony Kennedy explained that the DOMA ruling only applies to
legally married same-sex couples that are seeking benefits from the federal
government. Yet lawyers all over the United States are already interpreting
the language in the new laws to show other reasonings about the right
to marry. Many judges are using the language of DOMA to try and advocate
for public and national acceptance of homosexual marriage so that it would
become a federally accepted practice.
So far, 13 states either accept gay marriage or will soon accept it. In
Nevada, Hawaii and Michigan, there are federal challenges that have popped
up in recent days. So far, California is the only state to admit that
a ban on same-sex marriage is actually an unconstitutional thing. Now,
a court in San Francisco will consider the bans in Nevada and Hawaii to
see if they are fair. As more and more changes for the gay community,
it is important for LGBT individuals to have a lawyer on hand to help
them meet any challenges that they encounter.
LGBT couples often have a tough time when going through a divorce, trying
to negotiate through the many laws that are only for homosexual couples.
Also, homosexuals can have a difficult time adopting, or may have a hard
time enforcing their
custody rights in the event of a separation. Those in a domestic partnership often
have a hard time with their property division or any other living arrangements.
If you want more information about gay marriage laws then you need to hire
a friendly and helpful Los Angeles family attorney from Claery & Green
to assist you today! The attorneys at this firm are willing to help clients
in homosexual or heterosexual marriages, and want to support you by aiding
you with any needs that you have!