On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 U.S. states. This ended a complicated situation in which some states had legalized same-sex marriage or other alternatives, such as a civil union or a domestic partnership. Other states did not recognize these relationships, disallowing same-sex couples any legal benefits associated with marriage.
Recognition of same-sex marriage in the United States has meant that there is no legal difference between a same-sex marriage and a heterosexual marriage in any state. It has also meant that the same rules and rights related to marriage apply to all couples, including those having to do with property rights, estate planning, and divorce.
Other countries have also fully recognized same-sex marriage. However, this recognition does not always extend to territories held by these countries. As of October 2015, these countries include:
While same-sex marriage is now fully legal in the United States, marriage is always a complex legal arrangement that requires careful consideration. If you are planning to marry, you may wish to consult with a local family law attorney before doing so, especially if you have issues such as a prenuptial agreement that need to be sorted out beforehand.
Last Modified: 10-20-2015 03:27 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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