Landmark Decision on Marriage from the Supreme Court

Wedding vendors take note! – if you haven’t already, your client contracts should now be edited where applicable to not just refer to “bride” and “bride & groom”!

Mary Lee Herrington, Esq.

Many vendors I know have planned, photographed, produced and advised same-sex couples in those states that had already legalized same-sex marriages, but what Obergefell v. Hodges now does is make it possible for same-sex couples to get married in all 50 states and have their marriages recognized legally wherever they travel, live or move within the United States in addition to the practical financial planning they can now do with joint tax returns on the federal and local level and receiving social security benefits after one spouse passes away.

This will undoubtedly have a far reaching impact on the wedding industry as a whole, not just in the sheer number of weddings in the country now that same-sex couples in every state can get married (business owners: think of all the new potential clients for your goods and services!), but also in the number of destination weddings that same-sex couples can now plan without considering where it’s legal and where it’s not, in the number of same-sex wedding features in magazines and blogs, and the general perception of “wedding” in our social consciousness.

What an exciting time for couples and the wedding industry!  So I think it’s fair to say that now is a great time to update your website, marketing materials and, most importantly, your contracts!

ps: in light of his predilection for snarky zingers, here is a funny Scalia burn generator! #lawnerd

{ Image via The New York Times }

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