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Nebraska Lesbian Divorce Blocked By State Supreme Court

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

NebraskaImagine if you no longer loved your husband or wife, and your state’s Supreme Court stepped in to tell you that you had to remain married to them.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Nebraska’s Supreme Court dismissed an appeal Friday by woman legally wed to another woman in Iowa who is now seeking a divorce in the state where they live, saying it didn’t have jurisdiction and therefore could not address the constitutional arguments raised about same-sex marriage and divorce in Nebraska… The state attorney general’s office, in a friend of the court brief, argued that allowing the divorce would run afoul of the state’s constitutional amendment and that granting the divorce “would in effect disenfranchise 70 percent of Nebraska’s voters (who voted for the amendment).” Nichols’ attorney, Megan Mikolajczyk, had argued that the U.S. Constitution’s “full faith and credit” clause requires Nebraska to recognize the marriage. But Nebraska’s Supreme Court dismissed the case without addressing constitutional issues, saying that because Nichols had appealed from a conditional order and not a final judgment, it lacks jurisdiction over the appeal.

Some day, and maybe some day soon, we’ll be past this messy patchwork of state by state laws that dictate when we can marry, and when we can get divorced.

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UK: Gays and Lesbians Less Likely to Divorce Than Straights

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

In 2009, the United Kingdom saw divorce drop to 10.5%. This is an important number, in fact. Since 2005, when civil partnerships were offered in the UK, 50,000 same-sex couples have taken the plunge.

In 2010, 6,385 civil partnerships were registered in the UK, which was a slight increase over 2009. What is more, in 2010, 509 civil partnerships were dissolved, which was a 44% jump from the year before when 353 partnerships ended.

To give you some idea, in 2010, 8% of civil partnerships dissolved, and in 2009, that figure was around 6%. It was noted by the Office for National Statistics in the UK that lesbian couples dissolved their partnerships at a higher rate than gay male partnerships ended- about 3.3% and 1.6% respectively.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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WY: Supreme Court Unanimously Grants Divorce to Lesbian Couple

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The Wyoming Supreme Court yesterday unanimously overturned a lower court ruling and granted a divorce to a same-sex couple legally married in Canada, the Casper Star-Tribune reports:

District Judge Keith Kautz of Niobrara County earlier dismissed the 2010 divorce petition of Paula Christiansen against Victoria Lee Christiansen for lack of jurisdiction. The women were legally married in Canada in 2008.

The Supreme Court opinion, written by Justice Michael Golden, made clear the court’s decision only addressed the divorce issue.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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NE: Judge Won’t Let Lesbian Couple Divorce

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Nebraska Lesbian DivorceFurther complicating the patchwork of marriage laws that exists in the United States, a Nebraska judge has ruled that because same-sex marriage is illegal in Nebraska, same-sex divorces aren’t allowed either.

Otoe County district judge Randall Rehmeier ruled that a lesbian couple legally married in Vermont eight years ago cannot be granted a divorce by the state of Nebraska because that state does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Full Story from The Advocate

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TX: Appeals Court Won’t Overturn Lesbian Divorce

Friday, January 7th, 2011

A Texas appeals court says the state’s attorney general can’t block a divorce granted to two women legally married elsewhere. An Austin judge had granted a divorce last February to the couple who were married in Massachusetts in 2004.

Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott filed a motion to intervene in the case a day after the divorce was granted. He argued the judge didn’t have the jurisdiction because of Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The judge ruled the attorney general’s motion wasn’t timely.

Full Story from the Washington Post

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TX: Attorney General Fights Another Gay Divorce

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Angelique NaylorIn the on-going saga over whether Texas can grant gay couples a divorce when the state doesn’t recognize same-sex unions at all, the state’s attorney general’s office argued before a federal appeals court yesterday that the state should be able to refuse the dissolution of a marriage it doesn’t consider valid. Makes sense, no?

If you’re just joining us, recall that there are actually a few gay divorce cases going on in Texas. There’s Jeffrey and Henry Buck (who married in Massachusetts in 2006), who have been fighting to get Texas to grant them a divorce – something AG Gregory Abbott has been working furiously to keep the courts from granting.

The last round, in August, went to Abbot when a federal judge overturned a lower court’s ruling that granted the divorce, effectively keeping the Bucks married. But not married. Confusing! (The Bucks, meanwhile, don’t want to be the posterchildren for gay marriage/divorce.)

Full Story from Queerty

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TX: Judge Blocks AG Attempt to Intervene in Lesbian Divorce Case

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

A Texas judge has refused Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s attempt to intervene in a gay divorce case, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Abbott filed a motion to block the divorce of Sabina Daly, 41, of San Antonio, and Angelique Naylor, 39, of Austin, on February 10, a day after Travis County District Judge Scott Jenkins had granted the couple a divorce. The women married in Massachusetts in 2004.

At the time, Abbott said he was concerned that the divorce would force the state to recognize the existence of gay marriage. “A divorce is an ending or a termination of a valid legal marriage,” Abbott said. “In this instance there was no valid legal marriage recognized by the state of Texas. Texas can’t have a faulty precedent on the books that validates an illegal law.”

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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PA: Another Lesbian Couple Denied Divorce

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Carole Ann Kern and Robin Lynn Taney, a lesbian couple who wed in Massachusetts in 2009, filed for divorce recently in Pennsylvania. Berks County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott E. Lash denied the divorce based on the fact that Pennsylvania does not recognize the marriage in the first place.

The couple would have filed back in Massachusetts where the same-sex marriage was granted, but there is a one year residency requirement for filing for divorce there. The couple’s only recourse at this point is to have the court declare their marriage void.

The judge’s opinion in this case as reported by Law.com says that Pennsylvania’s law “represents a reasonable protection and a proper and lawful exercise of the police power of the Commonwealth, which is available to preserve the public health, safety, welfare, and morals of its citizens.”

Full Story from the JD Journal

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