Same-sex marriage is perhaps one of the headlined topics in the news today,
all thanks to the decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26,
2015. That groundbreaking decision made same-sex marriage legal in all
50 states across the country and forever changed the lives of millions
Texans are especially joyful, as same-sex marriage had been banned statewide
for nearly 20 years. The issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples
was prohibited by state law in 1997. Just six years later, in 2003, Texas
officials passed a statute that voided any same-sex marriage or civil
union in Texas, regardless of where it was performed. Thus, the ability for
same-sex couples to marry has been a long time coming for the Lone Star State.
The Supreme Court’s ruling is equally providential for same-sex couples
who were married in other states and are now living in Texas. Courts are
required by law to recognize any same-sex marriage, no matter where it
occurred. This had long been a roadblock for same-sex couples looking
to have their marriage recognized in Texas and eliminates many complications
that previously existed.
What Does This Mean for Same-Sex Civil Rights?
Supporters of same-sex marriage in Texas know that the work is not yet
done, regardless of the excitement over the June 26 announcement. While
the ability to marry offers numerous benefits to couples and children,
more can still be accomplished on the LGBT front.
Hundreds rallied in support of the decision outside of the Texas State
Capitol. But moving forward, advocates are continuing to push for more
social acceptance and legal protections to same-sex couples and other
Civil rights could be better, particularly in the housing, public accommodations,
and adoption realms. It is the sincere hope of my firm that Texas persists
in their fight to support the LGBT community. As a divorce and family
law attorney in Deer Park, I can personally assist you if you are facing
Contact Dennis M. Slate, Attorney at Law for the comprehensive support you need!