By: Megan G. Holstein, Senior Counsel, Compliance and Employment Law
For those of you keeping track at home, two more states have joined the growing list of states where same-sex couples can legally marry.
On Thursday, December 19th, the New Mexico Supreme court ruled that New Mexico is constitutionally required to provide same-sex couples the same rights, protections, and responsibilities of marriage as heterosexual couples under New Mexico law.
On Friday, December 20th, a federal court in Utah ruled that the state’s ban against same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. A request for a stay on this ruling was denied and so Utah joins the 17 other states and the District of Columbia in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The court decision in Utah will likely be appealed, so check back for updated information on Utah and the ever- changing landscape of same-sex marriage – and analysis of how legislative changes like these affect leaves of absence.