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same-sex marriage

Supreme Court To Hear Two Cases Involving Same-Sex Marriages

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will hear two cases involving same-sex marriage.

One of the cases involves the federal Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA and the other case it will consider is the California voter-passed bill from 2008, Proposition 8, which made it illegal for homosexual couples to marry in that state. DOMA, which passed in 1996, bars federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they are legal.

This marks the first time the Supreme Court will consider cases relating to same-sex marriage and could affect residents across the country. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in nine states along with the District of Columbia while 31 states have amended their state constitutions to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The Obama administration initially supported DOMA, an act that former President Bill Clinton signed into law, but has recently spoken out against it, saying the act is unconstitutional.

At stake is many of the legal benefits afforded to married couples, such as marital assets in case of one person's death, death benefits for a surviving partner and legal rights for both parents of children in such relationships.

If you are in need of a Missouri family attorney, contact our office today for a free, initial consultation.

Lawsuit Challenging Benefits For Same Sex Couple Filed In MO Supreme Court

A lawsuit involving a long-time partner of a Missouri Highway state trooper killed in the line of duty was filed with the state's highest court last week.

Kelly Glossip and Dennis Engelhard has been partners for 15 years when he was killed responding to an accident on Christmas Day in 2009. If they were heterosexual, Glossip would have been entitled to an annuity of 50 percent of the employee's average salary, but was denied it since they were of the same sex.

The lawsuit was first filed in December 2010 challenging the survivor benefits policy of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Employees' Retirement System. Many others from elected officials and professors filed briefs on Glossip's behalf.

If you have any matter that needs to be handled in family court, it is important to discuss your situation with a Missouri family law attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

Supreme Court Kicks Off New Session; Same-Sex Marriage May Be On Their List

As the Supreme Court kicks off another session this week, they are expected to consider at least one case that could affect how marriage is defined and who is legally married. 

Several of the appeals are seeking to guarantee federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples. 

One appeal requests justices to keep California's Proposition 8 in tact, which outlawed gay marriage. California's federal courts have struck it down and the court will consider whether it will handle the case. 

Other cases directly challenge a provision in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which does not allow same-sex couples the range of federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Some lower courts have deemed it unconstitutional and opponents have argued the Act violates equal protection for same-sex couples legally married. 

If you are dealing with any type of legal issues and need to discuss your situation with a family attorney, call today for a free and immediate consultation.

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