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Public opinion on same-sex marriage is diverse

Same-sex marriage may have been legalized across the country by the Supreme Court, but that does not mean that the battle is over. There are many legal ramifications still being played out in many different states and the question of religious beliefs is still pervasive in the minds of many. Understandably, there are many who are curious about how the country is handling same-sex marriage. Questions of religious belief and widespread acceptance are still quite pervasive in the United States.

A recent poll sought to gain a better idea of how many across the country are handling the Supreme Court ruling, and attempting to discern the opinions of most citizens. It may surprise you to learn that more people disapprove of the decision than do approve, albeit by only 2 percent. A few of those polled claimed that they did not approve or disapprove of the decision, but 41 percent claimed disapproval and 39 percent claimed that they approved.

Other issues raised pertained to how the government should react when people's religious beliefs are at odds with the new law, such as when an official has a religious opposition to same-sex marriage but is still asked to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. A majority of people claimed that they believed that these religious beliefs should be protected by the government with a higher priority than the rights of homosexuals.

Regardless of how social perception of same-sex marriage is changing, the law is still quite clear about same-sex couples when it comes to family law, especially in New Jersey, where same sex marriage was legal prior the Supreme Court decision. If a same-sex couple needs to take advantage of any of the aspects of family law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, adoptions or anything else, they still have the right to consult with an attorney about their circumstances and be legally represented in the court of law.

If you are involved in a same-sex relationship, do not hesitate to meet with a family law attorney to take advantage of your rights. Unlike social perception, the law is very clear.

Source: New Jersey Herald, "AP-GfK Poll: Americans divided over same-sex marriage," Emily Swanson, July 18, 2015

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