DC Intro’s Gay Divorce Bill

The Washington DC City Council has introduced a gay divorce bill. Because if you got gay-married in DC, you probably can’t get gay-divorced in your home state.

In a little noticed development, D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) introduced a bill in October that would allow same-sex couples who marry in D.C. but live in states that don’t recognize their marriage to return to the District to get a divorce. Supporters say the bill, the Civil Marriage Dissolution Equality Amendment Act of 2011, is needed because states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage have no legal mechanism to issue a divorce to gay or lesbian couples who wish to dissolve their D.C. marriage through a divorce.

A majority of the council has cosponsored Mendelson’s bill. The vote should come “early in 2012.”