Late last month, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a decision many had been
waiting months—or even years—to hear. On June 26, 2015, in
a split 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the right of marriage was
guaranteed to same-sex couples under the Constitution, effectively legalizing
same-sex marriage nationwide.
The decision is already being hailed as a major civil rights victory. Writing
for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy addressed the long-denied right
for the LGBT community. "Their hope is not to be condemned to live
in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions,"
he wrote in the decision. "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes
of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Later that same day, President Obama addressed a White House audience,
praising the decision. "Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle
that we are all created equal," he said in his address. "They
(the court) have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal
protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless
of who they are or who they love."
What the Court Decision Means for Alabama
Alabama was one of 13 states where same-sex marriage was not legal prior
to last month's Supreme Court decision. Now that it is legal nationwide,
same-sex couples can receive a marriage certificate here in Alabama and
enjoy all the state and federal benefits that marriage provides.
Along with joys and advantages of marriage also come challenges and complications. At
Beckum Kittle LLP, our firm is dedicated to providing compassionate, reliable, and decisive
representation for our family law clients. In light of the Supreme Court
decision, we are now prepared to offer those same services to all the
couples and families in our community taking part in the institution of
Put your case in hands you can trust.
Contact us today.