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Civil Unions vs. Same-Sex Marriage: All You Need to Know

Since that momentous day on June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage be declared legal and recognized in all states, same-sex couples in the United States have finally been able to enter into full legal marriages, afforded the same rights and protections as everyone else. Before 2015, however, many …

Landmark Decision: Constitutionality of 50B’s Exclusion of Same-Sex Dating Partners

By Rebecca (Becky) Watts  M.E. v. T.J., decided North Carolina Court of Appeals, December 31, 2020 (Constitutionality of 50B’s exclusion of same-sex dating partners) In 1979, the North Carolina General Assembly added a chapter to our General Statutes to “provide remedies for domestic violence.” In these newly created domestic violence statutes, remedies were available to you …