Last week the United States Supreme Court ended a long running legal battle by ruling that gay couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. While it was already legal to marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia prior to the U.S Supreme Court ruling, the remaining 14 states which have banned gay marriage will be required to stop enforcement of those bans. The 5-4 decision was a long time in coming and was published on the anniversary of two previous U.S Supreme Court decisions involving same-sex marriage.
Many couples married in a state allowing same-sex marriages that lived in or moved to a state that banned same-sex marriages were caught in a quandary when they decided to seek a divorce. Now not only will each state be required to allow same-sex marriages to occur, but they will also be required to recognize same-sex marriages entered into in other states.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to file the first same-sex divorce petition in Orange County, Florida for a couple married in New York. While our judges in Orange County, Florida have diligently and without hesitation followed the law to allow same-sex divorces to proceed, some of my colleagues in other counties and states have not been so lucky. Equal treatment of same-sex couples has been long overdue and I look forward to being able to assist many same-sex couples to resolve their differences in family court in the future.