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The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling and What it Means for Employers

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples nationwide have a constitutional right to marry. The full case opinion (Obergefell v. Hodges) is available here, however, the majority opinion was best summed up by Justice Kennedy as follows: The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty … Continue Reading

Judge Throws up Roadblock to Extending FMLA Protections to Same-sex Couples

We previously discussed the Department of Labor’s final rule that extended Family and Medical Leave Act protections to same-sex married couples. That rule was to apply regardless of the couple’s state of residence. But same-sex couples in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Nebraska will have to wait to enjoy the same benefits provided to heterosexual couples. … Continue Reading

Small and Fortune 100 Businesses – Same-Sex Marriage is Good for the Economy

Over 370 companies, including small businesses and Fortune 100 companies, and business groups showed their support for same-sex couples seeking the right to marry by filing a brief in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v Hodges pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Thirty-seven states and Washington, D.C. permit same-sex marriages under local laws or court decisions. However, … Continue Reading

Governor Snyder – Michigan Will not Honor Lawfully Performed and Valid Same-Sex Marriages

Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder issued today a press release announcing that Michigan will not recognize any of the 300 plus same-sex marriages that were performed last weekend. These same-sex marriages were performed after a federal judge declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Unwilling to accept this decision, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette decided to … Continue Reading
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