The Law Can Affect Family Life Essay

1991 Words8 Pages
The law can affects family life in many ways. Laws will indicate whom and when we can marry, under what circumstances we can file for a divorce, who can adopt children, what responsibilities should come with parenting, and what happens when we do not uphold our parental responsibilities. In recent years, our lawmakers here in the United States have made important decisions affecting families consisting of gay parents. Gay couples can face a legal minefield when trying to ensure parental rights. Although, the first battle of legalizing gay marriage has already been won. States still determine who qualifies as a mom or a dad not the federal government. Granting same sex married couples the same parental rights as traditional married parents, such as custodial and legal rights, will only benefit the welfare of the child they share. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that denying the fundamental institution of marriage to same-sex couples violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment says that states must provide equal protection of the laws for all of their citizens. It also guarantees that no person should be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and
Get Access