Gay marriage is a hot-button issue no matter which side of the argument you find yourself on. Even though there are still many people on both sides of the issue, the fact is marriage laws continue to change and the majority of states have now made same-sex marriage legal. While Michigan is not yet numbered among the states in this group, it could be later this year. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court has said that it will decide sometime in 2015 whether or not gay marriage will be allowed in all portions of the United States.
Meantime, the legal battles rage on in courtrooms all over the country, including here in Michigan where same-sex couples continue to fight for their right to marry, adopt and divorce. In fact, in January of this year, a U.S. District Judge ruled that 300 same-sex couples in Michigan have the fundamental right to have their marriages be legally recognized. The judge ruled that Michigan’s refusal to validate these couples’ marriages was not constitutional.
The state of Michigan is not appealing that decision, which means it could be just a matter of time before gay marriage becomes legal in the state. That decision could have a huge impact on a lot of people in many different ways.
Obviously, the most immediate affect would be that those who are already married would now have their marriages recognized by the state. It would also mean that many more same-sex couples would be able to realize their dream of being married. The impact doesn’t stop there. Legalizing gay marriage could also pave the way for same-sex couples to legally adopt children. Additionally, for those couples who no longer want to be together, same-sex marriage would also open the door to same-sex divorce.
The implications of legally recognizing same-sex marriage in Michigan would obviously have a huge impact on many LGBT individuals and couples. If you are in need of help with any of these issues, including same-sex marriage, divorce, custody and adoption matters, please contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Robbins. Mr. Robbins is at the forefront of family law issues in Michigan and he knows how to handle these complex issues. He can help you understand your rights. Click here to contact us or call us at 248-646-7980.