Over the past week or so, you probably were seeing news coverage and media
sources of all sorts discussing the June 26th, 2015 ruling by the United States Supreme Court that legalized same-sex
marriage nationwide. The decision – which was settled on a very
close 5-4 ruling – was met with immediate rejoicing and regret from
people all across the country.
What Has Been Changed By This Ruling?
Amidst all the controversy, people are mainly focusing on the fact that
same-sex couples can now get married anywhere in the United States and
that they were granted the same legal rights and benefits as heterosexual
couples. It is not as widely-known that their unions will now be officially
recognized on all governmental documents, such as birth and death certificates.
Furthermore, subjects relating to family law issues of all sorts are now
pertinent to same-sex married couples. In particular, divorce and legal
separations come to mind, as same-sex spouses in any state can now file
to dissolve their marriage on any grounds, just like any other married couple.
Questions surrounding other aspects of divorce, such as child custody,
alimony, and visitation rights, are up in the air, however, as it is uncertain
if these matters will be ruled under specific or different laws. At this
point, it appears that legalities and litigation surrounding same-sex
marriages and divorces will not be altered significantly, if at all, from
those dealing with traditional couples.
Do Texan Courts Have to Abide by the New Laws?
In multiple recent polls, the numbers suggest that the majority of Texans
were still opposed to same-sex marriage at the time of the Supreme Court’s
ruling. Regardless of their beliefs or opinions, this sweeping legislation
does affect the entire nation and must be upheld by courts, both federal
If you and your same-sex partner in Texas are being discriminated against
or denied your newfound rights, you need to
contact a Pearland family law attorney from my firm today. Dennis M. Slate, Attorney at Law, has been defending
the rights of his clients and serving them with the utmost respect for
10+ years. I want more than anything for you to be able to come to our
law office with the confidence that you will be treated fairly.