How we serve the LGBTQ community:

We are here to serve the LGBTQ+ community.

Advocacy and Legal Representation:

Providing legal representation for LGBTQ+ individuals in cases related to discrimination, civil rights, family law, and other legal matters. Advocating for the rights and protections of LGBTQ+ individuals in the legal system and within the broader community. Challenging discriminatory laws and policies that target or marginalize LGBTQ+ people.

Expertise in LGBTQ+-Specific Legal Issues:

Developing expertise in areas of law that are particularly relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, such as same-sex marriage, adoption, surrogacy, and transgender rights. Assisting LGBTQ+ individuals and couples with legal matters related to family planning, estate planning, and other personal and financial matters.

Policy and Legislative Advocacy:

Advocating for the enactment of laws and policies that protect the rights and interests of LGBTQ+ individuals, such as anti-discrimination laws, hate crime legislation, and inclusive family laws.  Participating in the legislative process to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community’s legal needs and concerns are represented.

Mentorship and Professional Development:

Serving as a mentor to LGBTQ+ law students and young lawyers, providing guidance and support as they navigate the legal profession.  Encouraging and supporting the professional development of LGBTQ+ lawyers, including through networking, career advancement opportunities, and leadership roles.

By engaging in these various ways, we can make a significant impact in serving and supporting the LGBTQ+ community, ensuring that their legal rights and interests are protected and advocated for.

Gay Marriage

Same-sex marriage should be legal and recognized. From a legal standpoint, denying gay and lesbian couples the right to marry is a clear violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. All citizens should have the same fundamental rights, regardless of sexual orientation.

Legally speaking, marriage grants numerous rights and benefits, such as the ability to file taxes jointly, make medical decisions for one’s spouse, obtain health insurance coverage, and have inheritance and property rights. Denying these to same-sex couples is discriminatory and unjust.

Furthermore, many legal scholars argue that banning gay marriage is a form of unconstitutional sex discrimination, as the law treats men and women differently in their ability to marry. Essentially, a man can marry a woman but a woman cannot marry a woman, which violates the principle of equal protection under the law.

That said, I understand that there are differing religious and moral views on homosexuality that factor into the debate around gay marriage. As a lawyer, my role is to interpret the law and Constitution, which I believe protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Ultimately, the legalization of gay marriage was an important step forward for LGBTQ+ rights and equality under the law.

What is the current law
of Gay Marriage

The Legal Status of Gay Marriage Today

In 2015, the Supreme Court’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision made same-sex marriage legal nationwide in the United States. This 5-4 ruling held that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples under the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses.

Prior to Obergefell, same-sex marriage was only legal in certain states. The Supreme Court’s ruling struck down all state-level bans, making it the law of the land that gay and lesbian couples have the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

Today, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize and perform same-sex marriages. Federal laws and programs also treat married same-sex couples the same as opposite-sex married couples when it comes to things like taxes, Social Security benefits, immigration, and more.

While the legal landscape has shifted dramatically in favor of marriage equality, challenges remain. Some states have passed so-called “religious freedom” laws that allow certain individuals and organizations to refuse service to LGBTQ+ people on religious grounds. There are also ongoing debates about issues like adoption rights for same-sex couples. Nonetheless, the Obergefell decision was a watershed moment that cemented the legal right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. It was a major victory for the LGBTQ+ rights movement and a milestone in the march towards true equality under the law.

Understanding Your Rights

The legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States was a hard-fought victory for the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Prior to the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex couples were denied the fundamental right to marry in many states across the country.

The Obergefell ruling held that the 14th Amendment guarantees the right to marriage as a fundamental liberty that cannot be denied to same-sex couples. This granted gay and lesbian Americans the same legal rights and benefits as heterosexual married couples.

Some of the key rights that same-sex married couples now have access to include:

  • Filing taxes jointly
  • Accessing spousal Social Security and veterans’ benefits
  • Making medical decisions for an incapacitated spouse
  • Adopting children as a couple
  • Obtaining health insurance coverage for a spouse
  • Inheriting a spouse’s property upon their death

However, the fight for full equality is ongoing. Many states have passed laws allowing individuals and businesses to refuse services to LGBTQ+ people on religious grounds. This has led to incidents of same-sex couples being denied wedding services, housing, and more.

There are also debates around parental rights, with some states restricting adoption and surrogacy options for same-sex couples. Transgender individuals have faced additional challenges, as some states do not allow gender changes on birth certificates after marriage.

Ultimately, the legalization of gay marriage was a monumental step forward. But achieving true equality requires continued progress to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and families in all areas of life. The march towards justice and inclusion must continue.