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Webinar: Obergefell After Two Years: Update on Same-Sex Relationships in 2017

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Location: Webinar

Date: August 16, 2017

Webinar will run from 1:00-2:30 PM EST.


Richard Roane
Cathy Sakimura


It’s been two years since the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the United States Constitution — setting off a flurry of actions by both sides in legislation, court cases, and direct action. What is the present state of same sex relationships in the States? What challenges exist? What legislation and case law has come — and is now pending? And how did the Obergefell decision affect other issues in family law? These and other issues will be addressed in this fast-paced presentation.


1.       Marriage and LGBT Community post Obergefell (is our legal right to marry safe?)
2.       LGBT Dissolution and Parental Rights (equitable parent and related legal challenges)
3.       Transgender legal issues related to marriage and non-marital relationships (I am handling my third divorce with a transitioning spouse in what started as a heterosexual marriage.  Other transgender issues involve children of divorcing parents who identify as transgender.  And I don’t think it would be running far afield of our topic to address the “bathroom bills” and related legislation percolating in our legal communities state by state here and there).
4.      Statistics on marriage and dissolution rate in the LGBT Community post Windsor and Obergefell.  I do not know if the Williams Institute has done any studies that track these rates thus far, but I love statistics and would look into this issue to see what has been measured regarding a spike in same sex marriage and/or dissolutions to the extent that such stats are examined.

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