John Burnett. The Supreme court set to hear arguments this week on same-sex marriage. Some conservative Evangelical Christians in El Paso, Texas, reflect on the increasing acceptance of gay marriage, and how American culture is changing in ways that make them uncomfortable and pessimistic. This Tuesday and Wednesday, the U. Supreme Court will hear more of oral arguments on two cases that could redefine marriage in this country. The court will consider the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, and also the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that denies marital benefits to legally married gay couples.
Same-Sex Marriage License Laws
Texas ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional
Same-sex couples can get married in Texas, but they won't have the same rights that heterosexual couples do. The U. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling on Monday that allows the state to take away spousal benefits under employee insurance plans from married same-sex couples. In , the Supreme Court established the right to same-sex marriage. At the time, a lawsuit was making its way through the Texas court system about whether a married same-sex couple should receive spousal benefits. The issue made it all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled that, while same-sex marriage is legal, the Supreme Court didn't decide all marriage-related matters.
Supreme Court OKs gay marriage; Travis begins issuing licenses
On June 26, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that all gay couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry in every state! And with marriage equality for all, that means that all 13 states that previously upheld bans on gay marriage have now been legally enforced to reverse them. It's been a little more than 11 years since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. And before today, 36 other states as well as the District of Columbia followed suit, striking down bans on same-sex marriage and awarding gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.
Same-sex couples in Texas now can enter into an informal marriage, also known as a common-law marriage. Texas allows parties in an informal marriage to hold, as their legal marriage date, the earliest date at which they satisfied all the requirements of an informal marriage. You must satisfy the three-part test above to be in a common-law marriage, no matter how long you have been living together.