D-i-v-oh, never mind

July 25, 2008

Cultural conservatives have long argued that the moral character of the country would be vastly improved if divorces were made much harder to obtain. Now they’ve gotten what they wanted!

Then, after two years of marriage, the 10-year relationship soured, and Chambers filed for divorce. That put the couple into a legal limbo that is becoming increasingly common as same-sex couples married in one state try to divorce in another.

A judge in Family Court, where divorces are handled, asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court for a ruling on whether his court had jurisdiction, given that Rhode Island doesn’t recognize gay marriage. The state Supreme Court decided that the women weren’t legally married in the eyes of the state and therefore couldn’t get divorced.

Chambers then tried filing for divorce in the state’s Superior Court, but last month a judge there ruled that the court had no jurisdiction over marriage dissolutions. A Massachusetts divorce isn’t an option because only residents who have lived in the state for a year can file there.

“They’ve given us no choice but to be married forever,” said Ormiston. “Their worst nightmare.”

Well, hey, you said you wanted to have the permanence of marriage, just like heterosexuals. Happy now?

OK, who isn’t mad yet?

And their little dog, too.

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