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Same-Sex Marriage Opens Up Same-Sex Entitlements

Now that it’s the law of the land, same-sex couples will be afforded the same legal right as any other couple. A local divorce attorney anticipates giving more legal advice.

 

The Harris County Clerk’s office issued nearly 50 marriage certificates to same-sex couples on Friday. This after the Supreme Court’s decision gives same-sex couples the right to marry.

“I think it is a truly momentous decision. It’s been anticipated for such a long time, and I think that the buzz about it and the general joy about and the anger about it, both are going to be with us for some time to come,” said Cindy Diggs, a Houston divorce attorney.

She called the High Court ruling probably the most significant constitutional opinion of our generation, because it extends the right to marry to a class of people that have never had that right.

“Family lawyers have been handling custody cases for same-sex couples who’ve adopted, but who weren’t able to marry in Texas. So, we already really had an LGBT practice. Now of course, same-sex couples will be able to marry and they will be able to divorce, whether they were married in this state or in some other state. They will now be able to divorce in Texas,” Diggs said.

Diggs says while same-sex couples are now entitled to the same benefits, they’re going to also be entitled to the same exposures like alimony, child support and the division of assets.

 

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