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Same-Sex Couples Archives

Some more information about same-sex marriage

Since June 26, 2015, same-sex couples in Pennsylvania and other states have been legally eligible to get married. This ruling was issued by the United States Supreme Court in a decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the country. While these are nontraditional families, they are still granted the same legal benefits of marriage as a heterosexual couple. Because of this, there are some facts about same-sex marriage that are important to remember in the event of any kind of legal dispute.

Former same-sex couple battling over child's adoption

Pennsylvania parents may want to hear about a Kentucky lawsuit that demonstrates the problems same-sex couples sometimes face in child custody disputes following breakups. In the case, which is headed to the Kentucky Supreme Court, two women were partners and one had a child through a sperm donor while they were still together.

Glory Johnson's request for spousal support is denied

Pennsylvania WNBA fans may have heard that a judge denied Glory Johnson's spousal support request from Brittany Griner on Aug. 20. Johnson had reportedly been seeking $20,000 a month to pay for food and hired help. The two were married for just 28 days prior to Griner seeking a divorce.

The question of same-sex divorces

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry in all 50 states after the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision. However, just as marriage has become nationally legal, the question of how same-sex divorces will be handled has come up. Pennsylvania same-sex couples who are considering a divorce might be met with some challenges specific to their situations that might not be issues that come up in heterosexual divorces.

Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage

Many Americans in Pennsylvania and other states rejoiced on June 26 as the ban on same-sex marriage was held to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling. Justice Anthony Kennedy made the announcement that gay and lesbian couples are granted equal rights and protection under the law.

Overview of Pennsylvania same-sex marriage

In a ruling that affected many Pennsylvania residents, a U.S. District Court judge overruled the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited same-sex marriage. The state now recognizes these marriages performed in Pennsylvania and in other states. Same-sex couples who want to marry in the state have the right to apply for a marriage license. Once the application is submitted, they must wait the mandatory three days to have a marriage license issued by the Register of Wills. They can either obtain this through the mail or pick them up in person.

Same-sex custody battle taking a toll on Pennsylvania woman

As Pennsylvania residents are well aware, a federal judge this week struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for many same-sex couples in our state who have been patiently waiting to get married. Of course, not everyone will have waited for this decision to make their life plans; some people went to other states to get married, while others have been living together as a family for many years.

Pennsylvania men to marry in New Jersey Pride parade

As same-sex marriage becomes more and more common around the country, the issues that such couples face are becoming less and less remarkable. Not every state has legalized same-sex marriage, of course, but same-sex couples are everywhere. Issues such as child custody, child support and adoption are commonplace for couples who, in some cases, have been together for a long time.

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