As recently as June 2015, there were still 14 states in America that would not grant equal rights to certain couples that wished to marry. However, the United States Supreme Court ruled in June of that year that all couples were to be granted equal protections under the constitution, including same sex couples. While New York laws granted these rights before that date, it has taken some time for the rest of the country to catch up with modern views.
There are several facts concerning same sex couples that not every citizen may be aware, like how some of these views have changed over time. For starters, just one decade ago, just slightly more than half of Americans were opposed to same sex couples getting married. That statistic has reversed itself with more than 62 percent favoring gay marriage. There are still some differences in opinion among those who claim a religious background, though even among these segments, approval is growing.
While many older Americans were not in favor of marriage equality, there is less resistance than in the years past. The most support still comes from the younger generations. The number of Americans who identify as gay or lesbian has grown in recent years and, consequently, the number of same sex marriages have also risen. The majority of these couples also cite love as the most compelling reason to enter into a marriage.
With the 2015 decision that legalized same sex marriage, the United States joined more than 20 other nations that have also afforded marriage equality rights to all couples. However, in spite of the changes in the laws and public opinion, there are still many situations and occasions when a same sex couple encounters discrimination. Whenever a New York couple believes they are being discriminated against on the basis of their marriage or sexual orientation, they are entitled to ensure their rights are protected by seeking the assistance of an experienced and compassionate family law attorney.
Source: pewresearch.org, “5 facts about same-sex marriage“, David Masci, Anna Brown and Jocelyn Kiley, Accessed on Aug. 24, 2017