Robert Stanley’s comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in favor of same-sex marriage were published in Law360’s round-up of attorneys’ reactions to the ruling.
Commenting from a family perspective, Stanley said, “Today’s ruling is a tremendous improvement for same-sex couples living in states that still forbid same-sex marriage under their state laws, and/or refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. It is also a major step forward for all same-sex couples in this country, even those that live in states which already had full marriage-equality rights at the state level, as it means they can now travel freely within the country and expect that their marriages, and the associated rights and responsibilities, will not change from state to state. This will also be a major improvement toward equality in managing the legal rights of persons in same-sex relationships. Same-sex couples and their legal, accounting and tax advisors will now have a tremendously improved set of tools in their toolboxes to address these marriages just as they have as always had with respect to opposite-sex marriages.”
Published in Law360