June's U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage changed a great many things here in Texas. One of the biggest changes is that, since the decision, same-sex couples have been able to get a legally recognized marriage in the state, something that was previously denied to them under state law.
Prior to this year's U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision, same-sex couples in long-term relationships here in Texas faced a lot of uncertainty if they decided to split. One reason for this is that they did not have access to the divorce process in the state. One thing that could help a same-sex-couple with addressing such unpredictability was advanced legal planning for the possibility of a split.
In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, many new legal rights opened up for same-sex couples here in Texas relatively quickly. However, some things were left somewhat unclear. One is what rights and abilities individuals who were in a same-sex relationship will have regarding the amending of their partner's death certificate in the wake of the decision. Another, as we discussed in a post last month, is what rights and abilities same-sex couples will have when it comes to birth certificates. It appears things here in Texas are now moving towards there being more clarity when it comes to these two issues.
The same-sex marriage ban was not the only legal mechanism put in place here in Texas that posed challenges for same-sex couples. Another such mechanism involves birth certificates. And while the same-sex marriage ban has met its end with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the birth certificate mechanism currently remains in force and it is at this point unclear what will happen with it in the future.
Historically, same-sex couples in Texas have been unable to get legally married in the state and unable to have same-sex marriages that were performed in other states legally recognized by Texas. However, a U.S. Supreme Court decision was recently made that will be bringing about some pretty big changes in same-sex family law in the state.
The fact that Texas doesn't recognize same-sex marriage as legal can make it very important for same-sex couples in the state to make advanced preparations for what will happen if their relationship were to end unexpectedly. This is because many of the legal mechanisms in the state that are in place for married heterosexual couples when it comes to the ending of a relationship are not made available to same-sex couples. Advanced preparation can help reduce the amount of uncertainty the lack of access to such mechanisms causes.
Many same-sex couples in Texas have gotten married in other states that recognize same-sex marriage. Unfortunately, despite being married, same-sex marriages are not recognized in Texas. This prohibits these spouses from obtaining certain benefits like the Family and Medical Leave Act.
There are many same-sex couples here in Texas who desire to get married. However, given the current state of Texas law on the matter, such couples are unable to marry here. This can leave such couples looking for alternatives.
Last post, we talked about how the U.S. Supreme Court may make a decision later this year on whether states are allowed to ban same-sex marriage. For the time being though, the same-sex marriage ban here in Texas remains in force.
A recent move by the U.S. Supreme Court indicates that this year could be an incredibly eventful one when it comes to same-sex marriage law. What was the court's move? The court has decided to take on a group of cases regarding same-sex marriage.