Tag Archives: gay divorce

MISSISSIPPI: State Supreme Court Rules Divorced Lesbian Has Parental Rights For Non-Biological Child

The Associated Press reports: Mississippi’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman has parental rights to a 6-year-old boy born to her ex-wife when the two were married, in a case watched by gay rights activists and groups aiding in vitro fertilization. Christina “Chris” Strickland brought the appeal, challenging a lower court decision that an anonymous sperm donor still had ...

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TENNESSEE: 53 GOP State Legislators Collude With Hate Group To Intervene In Gay Couple’s Divorce

The Tennessean reports: Fifty-three Republican state legislators have teamed with a Christian conservative group in trying to become involved in the pending divorce of two Knoxville women who are arguing over child custody. The Family Action Council of Tennessee announced that its legal arm, known as the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, is representing the legislators in filing a motion to ...

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MARYLAND: Attorney General Brian Frosh Says Adultery Is Grounds For Divorce For Gay Couples Too

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh today issued a opinion which declares that just like for straight couples, adultery constitutes legal grounds for divorce for same-sex couples. The Baltimore Sun reports: The opinion might seem superfluous, but for those couples struggling in an unfaithful marriage, the opinion is important when it comes to filing for divorce. A spouse, including one from ...

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TEXAS: State Supreme Court Upholds The Divorce Of Same-Sex Couple

Via the Associated Press: The Texas Supreme Court effectively upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple Friday, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can’t dissolve a marriage it didn’t recognize in the first place. The court, which is entirely stocked with elected Republicans, ruled in a 5-3 decision that the state lacked standing to ...

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MISSISSIPPI: State Supreme Court Says Marriage Should Not Wait For SCOTUS

From the Associated Press: Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices say the court should find the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a gay marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Thursday’s 26-page statement, written by Justice Leslie D. King and joined by Justice James Kitchens, was attached to an order by a six-member court majority. The ...

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VIDEO: Mississippi Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Gay Divorce Case

Almost right off the bat one of the justices wonders if the coming SCOTUS ruling won’t render the case “futile.” A the 16:00 mark, the plaintiff’s attorney introduces his client, noting that she’s an Ole Miss graduate with a son “who is headed off to boot camp to serve his country.”  The lawyer adds, “That’s who we’re talking about here. ...

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Marriage Cases In Flux Due To SCOTUS

Marriage equality cases in several states have seen some action since Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to hear the cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court. North Dakota: Yesterday a federal judge put that case on indefinite hold pending the final ruling from SCOTUS. There had been no action on that case since September. Georgia: Also yesterday the state ...

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KENTUCKY: Judge Grants Gay Divorce

Via the Louisville Courier-Journal: Despite a Kentucky law that bars the recognition of gay marriages performed where they are legal, a Jefferson Family Court judge has granted the state’s first same-sex divorce. In the first ruling of its kind in Kentucky, Judge Joseph O’Reilly permitted the divorce of two Louisville women who were legally married in Massachusetts. Though state law ...

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STUDY: Gays Less Likely To Divorce

Via Pink News: Same-sex couples are more likely to have stable, long-lasting relationships than straight couples, according to a new study. Statistical research conducted by the Williams Institute at the University of California looked at data on the break-up of same-sex marriages and partnerships in New Hampshire, Vermont, California, DC, New Jersey, Washington and Wisconsin. The data showed that in ...

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FLORIDA: Judge Grants First Gay Divorce

Via the Associated Press: The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida has been granted by a county judge who also declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade. They were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. Cohen had ruled in ...

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OHIO: Judge Mistakenly OK’s Gay Divorce

Via the Columbus Dispatch: An Athens County judge approved the county’s first same-sex divorce last week, but not intentionally. Athens County Common Pleas Judge George McCarthy, who approved the divorce on Nov. 25, said the next day that he was unaware that both parties were women when he signed the judgment. “Ohio goes through great pains to make things gender-neutral ...

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MISSISSIPPI: State Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Divorce Case

Via the Associated Press: The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 21 from a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. In 2013, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ruled that the Mississippi Constitution and statutes prevented him from granting a divorce to Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon. ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Gov Uses Hate Group To Intervene In Gay Divorce Case

Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has filed to intervene in a same-sex divorce case before the state Supreme Court. The high court said Monday that it would hear the case instead of assigning it to the Court of Appeals. Tuesday, justices approved Bryant’s motion to intervene. It’s unclear if the court will hear oral arguments or ...

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FLORIDA: State Supreme Court Sends Gay Divorce Case Back To Lower Court

Here’s the decision. The high court said Friday the 2nd District Court of Appeal first should rule on the case, in which a lesbian couple married in Massachusetts and is now seeking a divorce in Florida. A lower court judge ruled that the couple couldn’t get divorced in Florida because the state’s constitution doesn’t recognize gay marriage. Before considering the ...

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Bishop Gene Robinson To Divorce

“Recently, my partner and husband of 25-plus years and I decided to get divorced. While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private, I am seeking to be as open and honest in the midst of this decision as I have been in other dramatic moments of my life—coming out in 1986, falling in love, and accepting the challenge ...

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TEXAS: State Judge Rules Ban On Gay Marriage And Divorce Is Unconstitutional

In late February, a federal judge ruled that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and stayed his ruling pending appeal. A state judge has now ruled likewise, paving the way for a San Antonio couple to proceed with their divorce and child custody case. The latest ruling comes in response to a same-sex divorce lawsuit that was filed in ...

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NEBRASKA: Gay Divorce Appeal Filed

A Nebraska lesbian who five years ago married her partner in Iowa, has filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court, asking that the state grant her a divorce. A lower court last year ruled against her request and a broad ruling from the state Supreme Court could pave the way for marriage equality. Before they tied the knot, Margie ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Court Refuses To Grant Divorce To Lesbian Couple

Via the Associated Press: A Mississippi judge on Monday refused to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple who got married in California, saying the marriage wasn’t recognized under state law, according to the woman who filed and her lawyer. Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, who filed for the divorce in September in north Mississippi’s DeSoto County, said in a telephone interview ...

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KENTUCKY: Gay Divorce Attempted

A Kentucky lesbian couple who married in Massachusetts in 2009 has filed for divorce in their home state. The case may end up before the Kentucky Supreme Court where a ruling could overturn the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. I have a career here, a life here, and I think I should have the same right as a heterosexual ...

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