Just over a year ago the United States Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited federal recognition of same sex marriage for issues like health insurance, taxes and immigration. The decision stopped short of legalizing same sex marriage, but had a widespread impact nonetheless. Now, a year later there are all sorts of lawsuits involving spousal rights and application of legal principles for same sex couples.
A news story gives an account of some of the more visible cases that are likely to shape the legal landscape on this important legal issue:
● The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision striking down Utah’s ban on same sex marriage.
● Other states, such as Oklahoma, have similar cases pending.