The question of marriage equality has been a hot topic for at least the past two decades. This particular legal question is unique in the way that everybody knows the most likely conclusion; it’s just that we haven’t reached that point yet. But, after all these years, it seems like the circuit courts are finally forcing the Supreme Court to face this issue head on and make a decision once and for all.
A Supreme Showdown
The Sixth Circuit Trial Court made marriage equality a Supreme Court issue when it upheld same-sex marriage bans a few months ago. Now there’s a legal stalemate in the country between the two sides of the issue, and the final arbiter needs to step in to settle the score. This is a scenario the High Court was hoping it would never have to address, but it is a necessary step in finally putting an end to the issue.
If the Supreme Court ultimately decides in favor of gay marriage it can move on to other important family law issues regarding the topic – such as divorce and child custody. There are several Long Island family law attorneys for example, who would love to have clearer directions on how to proceed with such cases. This is because there will be certain aspects of the law that won’t apply to same sex couples. There is also the possibility of new questions being brought up.
The First of Many
There’s no guarantee of course how the Supreme Court will eventually decide the question, as there are still several large interest groups invested in stopping what looks like a quickly growing majority opinion.
Marriage equality is not the only legal question of its kind that’s been dividing people for the last few years. But, it’s distinct in the way that there’s an actual end in sight to all the arguments and lawsuits. It’s a difficult legal question for courts and lawyers to tackle. It is, however, the easiest issue to settle compared to the other major questions waiting in the wings.