Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Texas Attorney General Tells Gays To Get Divorced Where You Got Married

Texas does not recognize gay marriages and therefore, according to their Attorney General, they also will not allow or recognize gay couples getting divorced. The basic message is if they want a divorce they need to go to a state that recognizes their marriage and get the divorce.

A judge granted the divorce in this case but the Attorney General is contesting the ruling. It will be interesting to track this case because it could establish the rules on whether or not other states will be forced to recognize gay marriages granted in other states or it could deal a blow to the GLBT activists who were hoping that by getting their foot in the door they can now barge right on in and ransack the house.
That left her fighting both the woman she married in Massachusetts and the state of Texas, which says a union granted in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can't be dissolved with a divorce in a state where it's not.

A judge in Austin granted the divorce, but Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is appealing the decision. He also is appealing a divorce granted to a gay couple in Dallas, saying protecting the "traditional definition of marriage" means doing the same for divorce.

A state appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments in the Dallas case on Wednesday.
Once again Texas is in the forefront of defining what limits there are on state's rights and who gets the final say.

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