Same-Sex Couples Face Another Growing Hurdle—Divorce

The Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2008
Some gay and lesbian couples joined by marriage in Massachusetts or Canada, or under civil unions from, say, Vermont, contend with legal limbo in other states. [Link]

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R.I. lawmakers to hear testimony on marriage, divorce

The Boston Globe
May 7, 2008

Rhode Island House lawmakers plan to debate bills concerning the recognition of out-of-state marriages in Rhode Island courts. (Link)

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Same-sex divorce case takes a new turn

Providence Journal
May 1, 2008

Following a state Supreme Court ruling which said a Rhode Island same-sex couple who got married in Massachusetts couldn’t get divorced in Family Court, one of the women is asking if she can get divorced in another state court — Superior Court. (Link)

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The Joy of Marriage Was Ours, for a While

New York Times
April 20, 2008
Torie Osborn writes about getting married to her former partner in San Francisco: “The astonishing outpouring of support from our straight friends taught me a profound lesson: getting married is a rite of passage into a wide circle of shared humanity. (Link)

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Gay couples having trouble obtaining divorces

Associated Press
April 15, 2008
Gay couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions in certain states. Now, some are finding that breaking up is hard to do, too. [link]

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Same-sex breakup perplexes courts

St. Joseph News-Press
March 17, 2008
A lesbian married in Massachusetts has filed for an annulment from her partner in a Missouri court, creating a legal challenge in a state that has an anti-gay constitutional amendment. Increasingly, such cases are popping up in courts across the country, and as they do, will turn public sentiment against the “gay exception” in both marriage and divorce. “I think people in Missouri are fair, and the more they learn and hear about real couples like this and ask themselves, do they really hate gay relationships so much that they won’t let gay people out of them?” Evan Wolfson said. [link]

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Are Gay Relationships Different?

Time
January 17, 2008
Ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage would probably help prolong gay relationships, if only because of the financial and legal benefits married couples enjoy. [link]

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Woman in historic divorce case did not seek the spotlight

The Providence Journal
October 21, 2007
Ormiston, 60, and Chambers, 71, were together for a decade. "I was lucky to love and share a life with a very fine woman for all these years. It's clear to both of us we'll no longer go forward together, but I wish her well," Ormiston said. "Now it's up to the court to allow us the same right every other citizen has to end this marriage." [link]

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Officials: RI can grant gay couples divorce

The Providence Journal
August 2, 2007
Rhode Island's governor and attorney general agree that a state court should be able to grant divorces to same-sex couples without deciding whether same-sex couples' marriages should be legal in the state. [link]

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BLOG: Divorce is an unavoidable aspect of marriage law

The Washington Post
December 7, 2006
Opponents of marriage equality point to their break-ups as proof that there can be no "sanctity" in a same-sex union. As a divorced man, I see the opposite. To me, these high-profile break-ups help prove that same-sex couples are just as capable of dreaming and failing as are so many of the rest of us. [link]

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