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June 26, 2015In the News

Pelikan Quoted in "Attorneys Rally Around High Court's Gay Marriage Decision"

Law360

Law360 featured Michael Best Attorney Kirk A. Pelikan in the article "Attorneys Rally Around High Court's Gay Marriage Decision" on June 26, 2015.

"From BigLaw to boutiques, lawyers were united in their praise for the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 5-4 decision Friday in favor of same-sex marriage, with many calling it a victory for humanity.

They applauded the court for making the union 'a little more perfect' while reflecting on what a long struggle it has been for gay couples nationwide to gain full acceptance in the eyes of the law. They acknowleded the same-sex battles that still lie ahead, especially on the employment front, but also spoke of the compassion and understanding that Justice Kennedy's opinion revealed.

Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the decision in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges et al. is a watershed moment.

Kirk Pelikan, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP: 'From a benefits perspective, this may change how employers in the 13 states that did not already recognize same-sex marriage view their coverage obligations. Technically plans that excluded same-sex couple coverage can still do so, but risk challenges from state discrimination laws, public relations and recruitment. The bigger issue may be reactions to eliminate domestic partner benefits in areas where marriage has become possible (i.e., now that you can get married in this state, you must to obtain coverage for your same-sex partner in the plan) or employer decisions to eliminate spousal benefits altogether (both same and opposite sex).'"

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