Federal judge says state must recognize married gay couple

On behalf of Lake Toback Attorneys

Illinois supporters of same-sex marriage were given a boost by a federal judge who ruled that same-sex marriage in Ohio could stand. The sticking point in this LGBT issue is that while same-sex marriage is banned in Ohio, the couple was married in Maryland. Per the ruling, Ohio will have to recognize the marriage.

According to the report, the Supreme Court’s decision against portions of the Defense of Marriage Act was a motivating factor in the federal judge’s decision for the case. A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois believes that this decision will continue to impact ongoing litigation for the freedom to marry in Illinois.

As of this report, Illinois is considered a battleground state in the same-sex marriage debate. Twenty-five same-sex couples have challenged the ban by suing the state for the right to marry.

Even though there have been great strides made for LGBT individuals and couples, there is still a wide range of legal matters that affect the rights of the community. An experienced LGBT family attorney may be able to help offer legal representation for same-sex couples, including adoption, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, dissolution of civil unions and same-sex marriages, and property division. The attorney may work diligently with their client to ensure that their rights are protected.

Regardless of the orientation of the couple, all individuals have legal needs that must be met when it comes to forming a civil union, marriage or divorce. The attorney may help their client by determining their client’s objective and goals. They may be able to give legal advice and help to explain any legal options that the individual has available.

Source: WNIJ, “Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Paving Legal Precedents?“, Susan Stephens, July 30, 2013

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Federal judge says state must recognize married gay couple