Same-sex couples who got married in a state in which same-sex marriages are legal but who live in a state that does not recognize such marriages as valid generally don't have access to the same sorts of things that heterosexual married couples do.
Yesterday, the federal judge who heard the request a pair of same-sex couples made for a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of Texas' same-sex marriage ban has made a decision on the request. The decision, while not having any immediate effects on the state of things in Texas, is one that advocates of same-sex marriage likely find very encouraging.
In the previous post, we discussed a headline-grabbing case involving a same-sex couple and a sperm donor. At the point we left off, one of the women had lost her job, so she was unable provide financial support for her child. Her former partner sought state assistance to make up for this deficit. However, the state of Kansas soon became involved.
This week, a hearing was held in a case we discussed in a previous post. The case in question is the constitutional challenge a Plano same-sex couple has brought against Texas' same-sex marriage ban in a federal court. Also plaintiffs in this case are a same-sex couple from Austin that got married in another state.
Many states, including Texas, have bans in place against same-sex marriage. One significant question that arises in connection to such bans is: do such bans violate the U.S. Constitution?
Sometimes, state and federal rules conflict. One issue that such conflicts have recently come up in connection to is the issue of spousal benefits for same-sex couples. How disputes arising in relation to such conflicts are ultimately resolved can have major effects on same-sex couples.
Texas law limits marriage to heterosexual couples. This can lead to same-sex couples who are in long-term relationships facing challenges when it comes to family law issues, as they do not have access to the same legal protections and mechanisms that married heterosexual couples do. This is one of the reasons why it can be particularly important for same-sex couples to consult with a family law attorney with experience in same-sex couple legal matters when a family law issue arises. Such attorneys can help a same-sex couple address family law issues through the means currently available.
An employer in Dallas has made a change to its policies regarding health care coverage that will allow employees who are in long-term same-sex partnerships to get coverage for their partner.
Same-sex marriage is currently banned here in Texas. This ban has given rise to many legal questions. Sometimes, when questions arise in connection to a state's laws, the state's supreme court will consider such questions and give answers to them.
You have likely heard about the Supreme Court's recent rulings affecting same-sex couples. One effectively ended California's ban on same-sex marriage, and will likely have a more limited effect geographically. The other struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, commonly called DOMA, which prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states that permitted them.