Attorneys Rally Around High Court’s Gay Marriage Decision

June 26, 2015 – In The News

Robert Epstein was quoted in the Law360 article "Attorneys Rally Around High Court's Gay Marriage Decision."  Full text can be found in the June 26, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Firms of all sizes were united in their praise for the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 5-4 decision Friday in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges et al., with many calling it a victory for humanity.  They applauded the court for making the union 'a little more perfect' while reflecting on what a long struggle it has been for gay couples nationwide to gain full acceptance in the eyes of the law.

“After much anticipation, the Supreme Court of the United States today definitively held in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex marriage is a protected, fundamental right central to one’s individual dignity under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment," said Robert Epstein. "This was nothing short of a defining generational decision containing sweeping language that went to the heart of what it means to be married, as states are no longer permitted to ban such unions. From a family law perspective, among other implications, there will no longer exist the potential conflict between states that hampered couples’ ability to move freely throughout the country without concern of impact upon their marital rights.”