On June 26, 2015, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a decision millions of Americans have been anxiously awaiting for months, years, or, for some, even decades. In the split 5-4 decision, the court ruled that same-sex marriage was guaranteed by the Constitution, effectively legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
The decision is being hailed as a landmark civil rights victory and has sparked widespread celebration in LGBT communities across the country. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote at length on the majority's behalf following the decision. "Their [same-sex couples] hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions," Kennedy wrote. "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Shortly following the decision, President Obama also gave an emotional response to the decision, calling it a "victory for America." He also recognized the long road LGBT activists and organizers have faced over the years in their fight for recognition, noting that often social progress occurs in increments—but that justice can also arrive "like a thunderbolt."
What the Decision Means for Colorado
Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Colorado since October 2014, but that was a state government decision, not a federal one. The new Supreme Court ruling now gives married same-sex couples access to federal benefits, such as Social Security benefits, estate tax benefits, and federal employment and military benefits, among others.
At The Samuelson Law Firm, I have been offering Colorado Springs individuals, couples, and families the counsel they needed to navigate their family law or divorce matter for almost two decades. In light of The Supreme Court's decision, my firm is now excited to even further extend its family law services to the benefit all married couples and individuals in our community.
If you are facing a family law or divorce matter, ensure that your Colorado Springs family law attorney is capable of protecting your interests. Contact my firm today.