Same-sex marriage has been through the ringer in California. Although it first became legal
on June 16, 2008, this decision did not last for long. Proposition 8 was
passed on November 5, 2008, a state constitutional amendment which effectively
barred same-sex marriage in California. This lasted through June 27, 2013
– a long five years for same-sex couples hoping to get married.
Finally, on June 28, 2013, Proposition 8 was overturned and same-sex couples
were again given permission to marry as they wished throughout California.
The sense of relief and excitement was palpable, but it was only a taste
of what was to come two years later on June 26, 2015.
That monumental date will forever be remembered as the date that same-sex
marriage became legal in all 50 states across the country. The Supreme
Court ruling of 5-4 was close, but it accomplished what numerous Americans
had been pushing for for years – marriage equality.
Does This Change Anything for California Couples?
Because same-sex marriage was already legal in California prior to the
Supreme Court ruling, it seems that not much changed for couples residing
in the state. However, one of the key benefits that comes from this ruling
is that same-sex couples can now travel anywhere in the country without
fearing that their marriage will be disregarded because of one state's
opinion on the matter.
Same-sex couples in California now also have the ability to get divorced
in other states. As ironic as it may seem to discuss divorce when marriage
equality was just granted, it is often the best option for some couples
and the freedom to separate can be liberating.
That is not to say that same-sex divorces are uncomplicated in nature.
If you are pursuing a divorce, some of the issues you may face are complex
and require the assistance of an attorney who fully understands this area
of the law. For your most pressing legal matters, you can turn to Barnholtz
We have many years of experience and are deeply committed to our clients'
best interests. Don't go through your divorce alone! Trust our Valencia
divorce lawyers to assist you every step of the way.
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