Friday, November 30, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Meet Today to Consider Same-Sex Marriage
The U.S. Supreme Court Justices will meet today to decide whether they will accept any of 10 appeals pending before them regarding same-sex marriage. If any of the appeals is accepted, the argument will be whether there is a fundamental constitutional right to gay and lesbian marriage. Although six states have approved same-sex marriage and other states have approved various forms thereof which do not afford all rights associated with heterosexual marriage, there is presently no recognition by the federal government of same-sex marriage. Lack of recognition of same-sex marriage by the U.S. government deprives gays and lesbians of the benefits of obtaining spousal social security benefits, pension benefits, family medical leave protection, filing joint federal tax returns and bankruptcy benefits. Deprivation of these benefits to those in long-term, monogamous same-sex relationships can have devastating results over a lifetime. If any of the appeals is accepted, no decision will likely be made until the middle of 2013 but same-sex partners around the country await the Justices decision on the appeal today. For information regarding same-sex law in New Jersey, including civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoption, dissolution, custody, child support, support agreements, property division or other legal concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender couples in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter.