High Court Set To Rule On Same-Sex MarriagesWritten on January 20, 2015
The United States Supreme Court will soon rule whether or not states are allowed to ban same-sex marriages. There are currently 36 states in the country that allow same-sex couples to legally marry. Georgia isn’t one of them.
“This is huge for same sex-couples in Georgia and the benefits that may eventually be extended to them,” said Amy Pierson, a civil and family law attorney at The Silverbach Group. “This is a very important issue for The Supreme Court to hear.” Lower courts around the country have been split on the issue. Justices are expected to hear arguments in April and rule in June.
“Since Georgia does not recognize same-sex marriages, I am anxious to hear how the court will rule,” Pierson said.
Many employers in states that do allow same-sex marriages extend healthcare benefits to partners. That’s not the case in all states which currently ban such unions.
“If the court rules that same-sex marriages are constitutionally protected, couples in states that do not currently allow such marriages will be able to take advantage of a number of benefits, both locally and on a federal level,” Pierson explained. She added that provisions through the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs are on top of that list.
The Supreme Court’s ruling comes on the heels of a federal judge’s decision regarding a case in Georgia. A lawsuit filed by Lamdba Legal challenged Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriages. The state countered by petitioning the court to dismiss the lawsuit. Last week, United States District Court Judge William Duffey denied the motion. That means the case will move forward.
“Both of these rulings are giant steps forward,” said Pierson. “I truly believe it is only a matter of time until same-sex marriages will be legally recognized in every state. This is a very important issue for our nation as a whole. The Supreme Court’s decision will forever change our nation.”
Although same-sex marriages aren’t recognized in Georgia, there are many issues gay couples in the state should think about as they plan for the future. These topics include:
If you and your partner have questions or concerns about what your rights are and how to plan for the future, call The Silverbach Group today. We are a firm of experienced attorneys that will listen to you and always be on your side. We have an extensive family law and civil practice, and we will give you sound legal assistance. You can reach us at (770) 635-0334.