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2017 Super Lawyers:

Nissa Ricafort :  The Top 50, The Top 25 Women, By Practice Area:  Family Law

Melissa AveryAmanda Blystone, Erin Durnell  and Mike Wilkins By Practice Area:  Family Law

Jennifer Hostetter: Rising Star

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2016 Super Lawyers:

Nissa Ricafort :  The Top 50, The Top 25 Women, By Practice Area:  Family Law

Melissa AveryAmanda Blystone, and Mike Wilkins By Practice Area:  Family Law

To see entire list, click here


June 26, 2015. The Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision on the issue of same-sex marriage.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that states may not exclude same-sex partners from obtaining a marriage license, and also held that all states must honor marriages entered into in another State. This long awaited ruling makes any state law barring same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Justice Kennedy authored the opinion, siding with the four more liberal justices in this decision. Chief Justice Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissented.

Justice Kennedy declared that the choice of who we marry is a fundamental right which is protected under the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This holding is an extension of the Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia, which found unconstitutional any law prohibiting two people of different races from marrying. Justice Kennedy further explained that the government may not impede on an individual’s fundamental right to marry without a compelling reason, and found that no lawful reason exists to do so on the basis of sexual orientation.

This historical decision opens the way for same-sex couples to not only marry, but to enjoy all of the rights and benefits of marriage.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf


2015 Super Lawyers:

Nissa Ricafort and Melissa Avery:   The Top 25 Women, By Practice Area:  Family Law

Amanda Blystone  and Mike Wilkins By Practice Area:  Family Law

Erin Durnell:  Rising Star

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