On June 27, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a monumental decision on same sex marriage that will affect every state in the union. The Court’s decision that a person’s freedom to marry is a right that is protected by the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This means that a state can no longer deny a person the right to marry another person, regardless of gender.
“No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
This decision means that Michigan can no longer refuse to recognize a marriage from another state and claim that marriage to be invalid. This is a huge advancement for same sex couples in Michigan and throughout the country.
It also allows same sex couples to now have the same access to our courts for family law matters. Prior to this decision it was not possible for a same sex couple to be divorced in Michigan without complex legal maneuvering.
What the future holds in this new area of law remains to be seen regarding issues of divorce, custody, parenting time, and adoption, to name a few. At ADAM we stand ready to address your questions on these issues.
About ADAM (American Divorce Association for Men)
The American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) is a group of highly qualified attorneys who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, support, property settlement, post judgment modifications, and other family law matters. Since 1988, ADAM has been aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising in fighting for the rights of every client. To request a free phone consultation, visit our site or call (248) 327-0050.