Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2015, an estimated 491,000 same-sex couples have married. Unfortunately, these marriages are just as likely to end in divorce if the relationship sours. In spite of the legality of gay marriages, New York residents who choose to file for a same-sex divorce may face obstacles that do not apply to heterosexual marriages.
In 2014, a retail corporation protested a requirement regarding prescription coverage for employees. This protest claimed that religious freedom was being violated, leading to the U.S. Supreme Court to expand upon the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which grants corporations and individuals the right to refuse to abide by certain provisions if they are a violation of religious beliefs and tenets. This previous exception has now led to concerns that the rights of same-sex parents and others could be impacted in other states, including New York.
Once same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015, it opened the door for gay couples to have the same advantages available to opposite-sex spouses. Though there are many personal reasons to marry, same-sex couples may also take the financial aspects into account when considering formalizing their relationship status. Though every state, including New York, has its own laws, there are many advantages available to married couples.
A few years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that granted marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples, individual states were working on the issue. While some states such as New York were more willing to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, others were resistant to the idea. Residents in one state recently recalled the days leading up to the official recognition of gay marriages.
In 2015, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage protections were to be extended to gay and lesbian couples. Unfortunately, that ruling has not afforded same-sex families universal acceptance. Recently, an adoption agency filed a civil suit against New York state in an effort to prevent same-sex couples from adopting children.
For the past 32 years, the nation's capital has celebrated families who have made the choice to open their families to children in need. The most recent celebration of Adoption Day included two same-sex families who were formalizing adoptions of their own. Though many states still make it difficult for these families to welcome adopted children, New York has laws that work to protect these families.
The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended the right to marry to same-sex couples was intended to ensure that the same protections afforded to heterosexual couples also applies to gay and lesbian couples. Several years later, these rights are still under attack by certain segments of society, including some religious institutions. One New York bishop of a prominent religion stated that his parish would not allow same-sex marriages.
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage deserved the same protections as those afforded heterosexual couples. However, that ruling came from a supreme court that had a slightly different composition. The justice who often held the swing vote in more controversial topics recently retired. It is likely that same-sex couples in New York and elsewhere worry what a new justice may bring to the table.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in 2015, extended marriage protections to same-sex couples. Nevertheless, when it comes to same-sex partners, many countries refuse to give legal rights to these couples. Following a recent announcement from the current administration concerning enforcement of certain immigration policies, some same-sex partners in New York who are attached to the United Nations may face deportation.
The Supreme Court decision to extend constitutional protections to same-sex married couples has not ended the struggles that many of these families are still facing. When it comes to same-sex adoption and parental rights, there remains much work to be done. New York families have many protections under state laws, but there are still situations when these couples encounter difficulties.