Tag Archives: same-sex marriage

Supreme Court Decisions Focus on Same-Sex Marriage

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed two cases before it concerning the rights of same-sex couples. The response of the court on these two issues was as follows: United States v. Windsor — The court ruled Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and deprives citizens of their liberty under… Read More »

Unequal Same-Sex Marriage: Legal Protection for NY Couples

New York began recognizing same-sex marriage in 2011. However, matrimony is not enough to protect your rights. Although same-sex couples are granted the same privileges and obligations as heterosexual partners within New York, you do not have equal rights under federal laws or in the states that don’t recognize your marriage. You can counter this… Read More »

Same-Sex Marriages, Prenuptial Agreements, and Divorce Issues

In June 2011, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill allowing same-sex marriage[CK1] in New York. With this new law, many gay couples are enthusiastic about having a right previously reserved for straight couples. But while they now have the advantages of marriage, such as joint property and spousal rights, they also face… Read More »

New York Same-Sex Prenup Agreements

In June 2011, New York joined a short list of U.S. states that allow same-sex marriage. Marriage licenses are now issued to gay couples in the following states plus the District of Columbia: Massachusetts Connecticut California Iowa New Hampshire New York New Jersey, Hawaii, and Illinois permit civil unions with state-level spousal rights. But while… Read More »