Hi. I’m attorney Andy Caldwell, with Tripcony, May Associates. I want to take a moment to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling Obergefell v. Hodges. This case declared gay marriage legal nationwide. Some Arkansas county clerks have already begun issuing marriage licenses to samesex couples. Other county clerks said they were waiting on software updates to allow them to issue genderneutral marriage licenses. In this 54 decision, the nation’s top court said state laws banning samesex marriages are unconstitutional. As a result of this ruling, the governor and the attorney general have directed all state.
Agencies and employees to comply with the decision. State government employees should treat samesex couples the same as oppositesex couples, in relation to issuing marriage licenses, providing benefits, and allowing couples to file joint tax returns. According to the Obergefell decision, the Supreme Court’s cases and the nation’s tradition make clear that marriage is a keystone of the nation’s social order. In my opinion, this case will have profound effects on family law. Gay and lesbian couples can now legally enter into a marriage and enjoy all of the rights that go along with marriage. If their relationship breaks down,.
They can now also file for divorce and they have all the rights that go along therewith and may claim entitlement to marital property, custody, visitation even child support. This decision will also affect the rights to adoption and guardianship. I would note that I expect a myriad of litigation in this area and probably even legislative changes, including modifying the definition of ‘parent’. If you have any questions about how this case affects you or the rights of someone you love, contact me, attorney Andy Caldwell, or any of the other attorneys here at Tripcony, May Associates. Thank you for watching this.
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