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Attorneys Rally around High Court's Gay Marriage Decision

From BigLaw to boutiques, lawyers were united in their praise for the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 5-4 decision Friday in favor of same-sex marriage, with many calling it a victory for humanity.

They applauded the court for making the union 'a little more perfect' while reflecting on what a long struggle it has been for gay couples nationwide to gain full acceptance in the eyes of the law. They acknowledged the same-sex battles that still lie ahead, especially on the employment front, but also spoke of the compassion and understanding that Justice Kennedy's opinion revealed.

Attorneys tell Law360 why the decision in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges et al. is a watershed moment.

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Brett Ward, Blank Rome LLP

“The court made a historic decision today by recognizing same-sex marriage and providing millions of people with the equality they deserve and are guaranteed under our Constitution. Today’s opinion goes far beyond financial and even custodial matters — this ruling implicates basic civil and fundamental rights that before today were still undeveloped and, in many places in this country, unrecognized. With this ruling many complexities related to same-sex marriage disappear. However, with the legal recognition same-sex couples received today come legal obligations. Before getting married, same-sex couples should strongly consider negotiating a prenuptial agreement to protect themselves from the ravages that an unfortunate divorce can bring.”

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“Attorneys Rally around High Court's Gay Marriage Decision,” was published in Law360 on June 26, 2015.