Same-Sex Couples and Family Law
Northern Virginia Family Law Attorneys Helping Same Sex Couples
Despite the fact that Constitution of Virginia and statutes still prohibit
same-sex marriages in Virginia, Virginia has recognized same-sex marriages
and allowed same-sex couples to get married since October 6, 2014. By
refusing to hear the case of
Bostic v. Schaefer the Supreme Court of the United States allowed a lower court ruling to
stand that invalidated the 2006 amendment to the Virginia Constitution
defining a marriage between a man and a woman.
On June 26, 2015 in
Obergefell v. Hodges the Supreme Court of the United States went one step further and required
all states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in all states and
territories of the United States and to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
With the Supreme Court rulings, family law in Virginia has transformed
from a minefield for same-sex partners into a level playing surface where
all individuals are treated the same under the law no matter their gender
or sexual preference.