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Supreme Court Strikes Down State Laws Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage

Jul 01, 2015

​HR360, Inc.
June 26, 2015

States Must Also Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Validly Performed in Other States

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the United States Constitution requires states 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.

The Court's opinion invalidates certain state laws to the extent they exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples. Additionally, the opinion holds there is no lawful basis for a state to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another state, on the ground of its same-sex character.

It is anticipated that federal, state, and local agencies will issue guidance on how to proceed. Employers with questions on how to proceed regarding the administration of employee benefits for same-sex couples (or other applicable employment laws) are advised to contact a knowledgeable employment law attorney.

Stay tuned as we bring you more regarding the impact of this decision and be sure to check for updates in our Employee Benefits and State Laws sections.

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