On this day, Friday, June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage. Before the ruling, same-sex couples could marry in only 36 states and District of Columbia. Within hours of the Supreme Court decision, weddings were taking place in new states, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and North and South Dakota.
In their landmark 5-4 decision, justices ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage that can’t be denied by individual state law. President Barack Obama called the decision a “victory for America” and was among those cheering the move. Opponents of same-sex marriage expressed deep disappointment.
If you’re unsure how same sex marriage, reach out to an estate planning attorney to discuss up-to-date legal repercussions following this decision.