Same-Sex Marriage in California but Now What?

The hot topic of the week certainly has to be the supreme court ruling of allowing same sex marriage in California. To our state it brings us a step closer to having equality for all. However, there are certain questions that come up with having this new law. Some questions being the ability to have a couples marriage be recognized in states that do not recognize same sex marriage. There is also the question of an illegal immigrant being able to marry another person of their same-sex and in the ability for the immigrant to get residency or citizenship in this country. Lastly does this bring hope for the other 37 states to follow or is this just a victory for California?

Now that people have celebrated this new milestone for our state questions are being asked more and more each day. From what I have seen in many articles online including CNN there are questions of the statuses of married same-sex couples in other states. According to the article “‘What about us?’ ask same-sex couples who still can’t marry at home” on CNN.com by Rachel Rodriguez, the dean of  law at UCI mentioned that, although the persons marriage wont be recognized in other states, the federal benefits that come with being married will cross over to other states just like a heterosexual marriage would. Meaning that everything that comes to being married will be available to those couples in other states but the actual status will not be recognized. However, there might be distinctive ways of handling this situation because it depends on the federal agencies of each region.

This also opens new doors for person who is in a relationship with an immigrant. Just as discussed before now that couples are allowed to get benefits, the benefit of obtaining a green card will also be available.

Although this is a step forward for equality there is still much to be done for other states to have the same rights as the 13 states that allow same-sex marriage. I believe it will be a constant battle throughout the next couple of years but with more acceptance and perseverance this topic will be keep moving forward like those who fought for civil rights in the 60s and those women who fought for their rights in the early 20th century.

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Jocelyn Zamora

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