- 09 Feb
According to a recent news article from Huffington Post, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may finally be willing to “throw in the towel” on the fight against gay marriage. The latest decision centers on a challenge to allowing same-sex marriages to proceed in Alabama.
Seven of nine United States Supreme Court justices refused to block gay marriage from becoming legal in Alabama. The only two dissenting justices were Thomas and Antonin Scalia. However in his dissenting opinion, Thomas stated the majority’s decision to allow same-sex marriage “may well be seen as a signal of the court’s intended resolution.”
In other words, when oral arguments are held in April, and a majority opinion on the merits of the case is issued this summer, Thomas is indicating there is virtually no chance there will be a ruling finding any state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be constitutional. At the present time there are 37 states, which allow same-sex marriage. If this upcoming case goes as expected, same-sex marriage will be legal across the United States.
While this will have an obvious benefit for same sex couples wishing to enter into a legal marriage, as a Washington, DC divorce lawyer, this predicted change will also provide spouses in a same-sex marriage wishing to get a divorce more options.