Today, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all remaining bans on marriage for same-sex couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in Obergefell v. Hodges, said “The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States. It follows that the Court also must hold-and it now does hold-that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.”

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller has been following Obergefell closely. From 2013-2014, the HASPS trial team of Mark Aronchick, John Stapleton, Dylan Steinberg, and Rebecca Melley, and HASPS family law expert, Helen Casale, along with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the ACLU LGBT Project, and University of Pennsylvania School of Law Professor Seth Kreimer, led the fight in Whitewood v. Wolf, which brought marriage equality to Pennsylvania. Since Whitewood, thousands of couples and families in Pennsylvania have obtained the benefits, protections, and dignity that only the unique institution of marriage affords.