February 1, 2024

When Was Gay Marriage Legalized in Georgia?

When was gay marriage legalized in georgia

Prior to 2015, Georgia absolutely prohibited same-sex couples from getting married. However, that all changed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Obergefell vs Hodges that states could not ban same-sex marriages. The ruling made it so that gay couples are now able to marry in Georgia and throughout the United States.

The Supreme Court’s decision was widely celebrated by advocates for same-sex marriage in Georgia. The landmark decision was seen as a massive shift in American culture and the culmination of decades of advocacy for same-sex marriage. Locally, many gathered in celebration in metro Atlanta, with the notably large crowds lining Piedmont Road and Tenth Street for an emotional display of support.

After the Supreme Court’s ruling, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens issued a statement saying that the state would adhere to the ruling and allow same-sex marriages. That same day, the first marriage took place in Georgia under this new law.

Aside from being legally able to marry, same-sex couples also have the right to get a divorce if they separate. The state of Georgia will recognize a same-sex divorce if it was performed in another state that allows same-sex marriages. This is important because a couple may need to relocate for work or other reasons.

Gay couples also have the right to claim custody of their children in a domestic partnership, just as heterosexual couples do. A child custody determination is determined by a judge based on what is best for the child or children in question. The experienced lawyers at Vayman & Teitelbaum will explain the laws as they pertain to your specific situation and will fight for your rights if necessary.


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