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In Plain English…What are the Legal Issues at Stake in Same-Sex Marriage?

Most everyone is aware that the United States Supreme Court heard two historic cases this week focused on same-sex marriage.  One involves California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages (which was then rendered unconstitutional by a California Court of Appeal), and the other involves that portion of the federal law known as The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which states that … Continued

Discrimination Against Same-Sex Marriages May End Soon

As I predicted in my blog post in February 2011 about the fate of same-sex marriages and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a new era may be upon us.  Nearly two years ago, I wrote about the prospect of the United States Supreme Court hearing cases concerning the legality of same-sex marriages.  This past week, the Supremes agreed to hear … Continued

A Short History Lesson on Same Sex Marriages in California

Proposition 8 (“Prop 8”) sought to make same-sex marriages in California unlawful. The California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8 invalidating same sax marriages. The Petitioners in the same-sex marriage case then sued in federal court seeking to hold Prop 8 unconstitutional.

Validity of Foreign Same Sex Marriages in California

On January 1, 2010, a new California statute became law.  Family Code section 308 has been amended to state that California will recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered into outside the state of California (see post below “Where are Same Sex Marriages Legal?”) prior to November 5, 2008, which was the date same sex marriages in California were deemed unlawful … Continued

Where are Same Sex Marriages Legal?

United States:  Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and District of Columbia. Other Countries:  Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Mexico City, DF (effective 4/10) and Portugal (date to be determined, possibly 4/10)

Same Sex Marriages Not Valid in California

The constitutional freedom for same-sex couples to marry in California was short lived. On November 4, 2008, the voters approved Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to add Section 7.5 which provides that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”.  However, the State will recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered into before … Continued