LGBT

 

Justice Kennedy, writing the majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, closed:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

In the wake of this historic decision, Courts across the country, and certainly in Texas, will have to address a gamut of new and sensitive legal issues that will emerge as a result from the change in the law. For example, the issue of whether, and when, to recognize same-sex common law marriage, will be litigated newly in Texas Courts.

We believe it will be extremely important, more than ever, for individuals and families within the LGBT community, to have attorneys who not only are sympathetic to and supportive of the marriage equality movement, but who possess the aptitude for complex legal research and courtroom skill to adequately navigate and advocate in this new frontier of long-overdue jurisprudence.