Houston Public Media interviewed attorney Cindy Diggs with Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, in a June 29 segment about the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.
Diggs said that, despite whether people feel positively or negatively about the ruling, it is likely the most significant Supreme Court decision of this generation, as it opens up the right to marry to an entire group of people for whom this right was previously unavailable.
On Friday alone, the Harris County Clerk’s office began putting the new law into practice by issuing about 50 marriage certificates to newly-eligible couples.
According to Diggs, her law firm and other family lawyers have already dealt with custody issues involving same-sex couples. “Now of course, same-sex couples will be able to marry and they will be able to divorce, whether they were married in this state or in some other state,” Diggs stated.
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This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued their decision in the case of OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL., holding that “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” This decision makes gay marriage legal in all 50 states, overturning individual State bans on same-sex unions.
The decision was a close 5-4, with Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissenting. Justice Kennedy read the court’s decision on the anniversary of another same-sex ruling that he read 12 years ago, which struck down state laws that made same-sex relations illegal.