Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages Nationwide

Action Item: The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage will have profound implications for individuals and employers across the country.

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its landmark opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy reasoned that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment requires that states license marriage between people of the same sex. Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, and Thomas dissented.

This decision will have profound implications for individuals and employers. Blank Rome’s dedicated Labor and Employment, Matrimonial, Tax, and Employee Benefits attorneys will provide additional updates in the coming weeks.