For years, same-sex marriage has been debated in all 50 states by supporters and opponents alike. There are those who believe that the freedom to marry should certainly apply to all, regardless of sexual orientation. Others, however, see marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman. These discussions were finally laid to rest on June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court forever legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
But as the days march on since that landmark decision, it seems that neither side is content to let things remain as they are. Supporters within the LGBT community know that the fight for civil rights does not end with the right to marry. Adversaries feel that their religious rights are being infringed upon by the Supreme Court's ruling.
It will be interesting to watch the news headlines in the coming weeks as both sides respond to the new law. This is especially exciting for same-sex couples in Texas, as marriage was previously banned according to state law.
What Else Does the Ruling Change?
Same-sex couples who get married in Texas no longer have to fear that their marriage won't be recognized in other states. The nationwide legalization means that regardless of where the wedding takes place, it will be recognized as a legal union by every state.
It is also possible for same-sex couples to pursue divorce with greater ease. The laws regarding same-sex divorce have always been complex, but the Supreme Court's decision made it much more black and white. Even still, it may take time for courts to adjust and same-sex couples would do well to secure assistance from a divorce attorney.
Our firm has been representing Fort Worth residents and areas throughout Texas since 1990. We know how important it is to protect your rights, which is why we fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients. Whether you want to get married or are seeking a divorce, Coontz Cochran is here for you.