Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples: Where We Are and Where We Are Going

Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 22, p. 55, 2009

29 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2011 Last revised: 28 Dec 2011

Jennifer Levi

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: December 15, 2009

Abstract

The legal landscape for same-sex couples seeking to marry has shifted dramatically over the last five years. On October 10, 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Court became the third state high court to rule that its state constitution could not sustain a statutory framework that excludes same-sex couples from marrying, following the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on November 18, 2003, and the California Supreme Court on May 15, 2008. Same-sex couples throughout the country have gotten married in Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, and in other countries throughout the world that provide full marriage equality, including in Canada. The Author discusses the developments in same-sex marriage in various jurisdictions.

Keywords: same-sex marriage, gender, family law, sexuality and the law

Suggested Citation

Levi, Jennifer, Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples: Where We Are and Where We Are Going (December 15, 2009). Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 22, p. 55, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1972937

Jennifer Levi (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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