U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

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 Humble Law LLC, formerly 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 marriage.

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