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U.S. Supreme Court Okays Same-Sex Marriage

7/1/15 – Washington, D.C. — The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.  The court’s decision, which narrowly came in with five justices in favor and four dissenting, was the result of lower court appeals in several cases that have been piece-mealing same-gender marriage laws one state at a time.

Writing the opinion for the majority, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy stated that same-sex partners have the same fundamental right to marriage as opposite-sex couples do.  In his summary, Kennedy said, “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.”

The historic decision can be found in its entirety here:  Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision 

Ireland Approves Same-sex Marriage By 2-1 Majority

A May 22nd referendum resulted in an historic, resounding approval of same-sex marriage in a country long thought to be highly conservative and traditionally captivated by Catholicism:  Ireland.  By a popular vote of 62% to 38%, a significant majority of Irish citizens confounded expectations and approved the measure as a means of demonstrating that all are valued equally.

For more on the story, we recommend this coverage by the Irish Times.

 

S.A.A. Extra: Kentucky’s Ban on Same-sex Marriage Struck Down

(7/4/14)  (From U.S. News and World Report)  The latest in a continued winning streak of court rulings overturning state same-sex marriage bans belongs to the conservative state of Kentucky as a federal judge ruled the ban unconstitutional this week.  Kentucky’s governor, Steve Beshear, said that the state will appeal the decision.

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S.A.A. Extra: Dept. of Labor Redefines “Spouses” for FMLA Purposes

(6/27/14)  (From the U.S. Department of Labor)  The United States Department of Labor has published a public Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  The proposed new rule would recognize same-sex spouses and negate the effect of inequalities based on residency in states where same-sex marriages are not recognized.

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