Obergefell V. Hodges (2015)

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This paper focuses on the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). This paper will give an overview of the case, the major arguments made by the plaitiffs and the defendents, as well as how the case has affected other rulings. This case has answered many legal questions and will shape any future cases that deal with gay marriage, possibly even equal rights.

Deatiled CH: James Obergefell and John Arthur was a same-sex couple and was married on July 11, 2013 on a medical transport plan on the tarmac at the airport in Baltimore, Maryland due to Arthur being unable to move (3,2) . John Arthur suffered from amotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and was terminally ill. Three months after their marriage Arthur passed away.(3) Due to his diagnosis John Arthur sought to have
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DeBoer and Rowse, both nurses with DeBoer in the neonatal until and Rowse in the emergency unit, had celebrated a commitment ceremony to honor their relation in 2007. In 2009, DeBoer and Rowse fostered a baby boy and went one to adopt him. During that same year, the family welcomed another son into the family. This new baby, who was born premature and was abandoned by his biological mother, required around the clock care. The following year, another member joined the family, a baby girl with special needs. However, in Michigan it is only permits only opposite-sex married couples or single individuals to adopt; therefore, each child can have only one woman as his or her legal parent. This meant that if there was an emergency, schools and hospitals would treat the three children as if they only had one parent. Furthermore, if a tragedy were to occur to either DeBoer or Rowse, the other “parent” would have no legal rights over the children she has not been permitted to adopt. This couple joined the case seeking relief from the continuing uncertainty that their unmarried status creates in their

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