Same-sex marriage became the law of the land following the United States Supreme Court’s historic ruling on June 26, that state laws prohibiting same-sex marriages are unconstitutional.
The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in “Obergefell v. Hodges” overturned same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee — 4 of 13 states that had same-sex marriage bans prior to the ruling. While four states were cited in the case, the ruling overturned the laws that banned same-sex marriage in all 13 states.
The Supreme Court’s decision means that same-sex couples have the same constitutional right to marry, and same-sex marriages performed in one state must be recognized by other states. Employer groups may want to examine their eligibility definition and benefit structure based on the latest ruling.