U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage: Questions Remain

| July 07, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states. The discussion has a wide range of implications for aging services providers and we anticipate additional guidance over the coming months from federal and state agencies to help navigate the changing landscape.

The Unite States Supreme Court recently held in Obergefell vs. Hodges that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry in all 50 states.

Beyond the legal, social, and political implications of this decision, senior living providers will need to analyze how this decision affects their operations as well as their employee benefit plans. The implications of this decision will extend to many areas, including retirement planning, Medicare benefits, Social Security benefits and tax filing, as well as issues of First Amendment rights for religiously-affiliated organizations.

It's important to keep up with the latest guidance from federal and state agencies to help navigate the changing landscape. We will keep members informed of any future developments.