What Happens When a Married Same Sex Couple Moves to a State Without Same Sex Marriage?
Same sex marriages are becoming more widely accepted. It is unclear what the future will hold in regards to couples that have been married in a state that allows same sex marriage and moves to a state that doesn’t allow same sex marriage. If a precedence has been made in the state, it may be possible to have the state recognize your marriage. Otherwise, unless laws change, you won’t be recognized as a married couple on the state level.
Florida Same Sex Marriage Laws
Same sex marriage is legal in Florida, as in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This is due to the landmark Supreme Court case which legalized same sex marriage throughout the United States. But that wasn’t always the case. Floridians have had a challenging history of recognizing marriage equality, including an outright ban at one point and a voter- approved constitutional amendment to several Florida court cases helping to shape the existence of marriage equality in the Sunshine State.
Same sex marriage has a long and windy history in this country. Up until 2003, marriage between members of the same sex was illegal in all 50 states. Then Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage. From there, our country took an even bigger leap towards marriage equality when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that under the Fourteenth Amendment, states must license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and must also recognize lawfully licensed same sex unions performed out-of-state. Indeed, same sex marriage is currently legal in Missouri, thereby granting same sex couples the same rights, responsibilities, and protections under the laws, as with opposite sex couples. Below you will find more information about Missouri same sex marriage laws.
Divorce of same-sex couples
Massachusetts, the first U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage, does not track how many of the divorces in the state are between same-sex couples. A 2011 study for states with available data initially reported that the dissolution rates for same-sex couples were slightly lower on average (on average, 1.1% of all same-sex couples were said to divorce each year, ranging from 0% to 1.8% in various jurisdictions) than divorce rates of different-sex couples (2% of whom divorce annually). The Washington Post retracted a headline about this report because the study had incorrectly calculated the percentage due to an error in capturing when the same-sex marriages began. As a result, the corrected findings show a 2% divorce rate for same-sex couples — the same as opposite-sex couples. More accurate statistics will be available as time passes.
Same-Sex Marriage Pros and Cons
Prior to the US Supreme Court rendering their ruling resulting in the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US, there were many pro and con arguments related to whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized. Although the list for each side is exhaustive, here are some gay marriage pros and cons that were at the forefront of the question.
In January 2018, Carter introduced the Civil Union Amendment Bill, which would repeal the objection provisions. She quoted Chapter 10 of the South African Constitution, which states that "services must be provided impartially, fairly, equitably and without bias", when lodging the bill with the Office of the Speaker of the National Assembly. Carter presented her bill to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on 15 August. Later that day, all four major political parties (the African National Congress, the Democratic Alliance, the Economic Freedom Fighters, and the Inkatha Freedom Party) announced their support for the bill, and congratulated Carter for her proposal. Supporters of the bill have pointed to a number of same-sex couples who were turned away when wanting to marry, including a high-profile case of a couple in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, who were called derogoratory names when turned away. The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has expressed its opposition to the bill. In November 2018, the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs unanimously passed the bill, with some amendments. One of them allows officials who previously did not marry same-sex couples to continue doing so for two years. This would give the Ministry of Home Affairs time to implement the new policy. New officials, however, cannot opt out at all for any time. If a branch has an official opting out for the two year period, they must have another official available who can perform same-sex marriages. The bill was send to the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, for debate. It passed the Assembly in December. The bill was supported by all parties, expect for the ACDP, the National Freedom Party and the African Independent Congress. It must now go to the National Council of Provinces. If approved, President Cyril Ramaphosa will then sign it into law.
Same sex marriage becomes law
Marriage is the bedrock of our society and now irrespective of sexuality everyone in British society can make that commitment. It is a wonderful achievement and whilst this legislation may be about marriage, its impact is so much wider. Making marriage available to all couples demonstrates our society’s respect for all individuals regardless of their sexuality. It demonstrates the importance we attach to being able to live freely. It says so much about the society that we are and the society that we want to live in.
Same-sex marriage in Quebec
In November 2004, An Act to amend the Civil Code as regards marriage (French: Loi modifiant le Code civil relativement au mariage) was enacted, replacing the words "husband and wife" (French: homme et femme) with "spouses" (French: époux). Quebec became the first province in Canada to bring its laws in line with the legalisation of same-sex marriage and add a gender-neutral definition of spouse in its marriage laws.