Clinic Director Natalie Nanasi weighs in on disparity between marriage equality and asylum law

Clinic Director Natalie Nanasi weighs in on disparity between marriage equality and asylum law

U.S. Marriage Equality Decision Highlights Disparity in Forced Marriage Asylum Adjudication

After the recent Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down bans on same-sex marriage, many news and social media outlets focused on the closing paragraph in the majority’s opinion, in which Justice Kennedy glowingly described the institution of marriage. He wrote, in part, that

“[n]o union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.”

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