Friday, November 24, 2006

Massachusetts same-sex divorce

A lesbian couple, married in Massachusetts where the supreme court ruled it unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriages, has filed for divorce in Rhode Island where the law hasn’t been extended to same-sex marriages. (Article)

Following a November 2003 supreme court decision, Massachusetts became the first, and only, state in the Union to license same-sex marriages. Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain also recognize them.

The case appears another innovation.

Massachusetts Trail Court Law Libraries have information on both about Massachusetts “Marriage” and “Same-sex Marriages” posted on the Internet, including a “Guide for Rhode Island Same-sex Couples.”

Reutgers University has an overview pathfinder on same-sex marriages posted as well.

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