USA, Mississippi: Judge Denies Divorce to Lesbian Couple

Written by scott on December 3rd, 2013

Mississippi MapA Judge in Jackson, Mississippi, won’t let a lesbian couple who married in California get a divorce.

The Albuquerque Journal reports:

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 Monday that the judge seemed sympathetic and that she plans to appeal the ruling.

Even having a democrat in the AG office doesn’t make a difference in this blood-red state:

Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood’s office had argued that Mississippi can’t grant a divorce in a marriage it doesn’t recognize. Hood’s office said in a motion to intervene on Nov. 15 that Mississippi “has no obligation to give effect to California laws that are contrary to Mississippi’s expressly stated public policy.”

This is one of the next big battles in marriage equality – the right to divorce when things go wrong.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Mississippi.


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