Bill proposed to allow same-sex divorce in RI

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-Same-sex couples would be allowed to divorce in Rhode Island under legislation introduced in the General Assembly.

The bill is in response to a 2007 state Supreme Court decision that blocked a lesbian couple who wed in Massachusetts from getting divorced in Rhode Island, where the women lived.

Sen. Erin Lynch, a Warwick Democrat and the bill's sponsor, said same-sex couples are sometimed forced to stay married when they don't want to be.

The Supreme Court ruled in December 2007 that the Family Court could not grant a divorce to Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chambers because state law has not defined marriage as anything other than between a man and a woman.

Lynch's bill would allow same-sex couples to divorce in Rhode Island even if their marriage wouldn't be recognized under state law.

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  • , 2009-02-18 15:04:45

    Quickie divorces put Las Vegas and Tijuana on the map! So R.I. can now come in with quickie homo divorces and take some business from MA. Come on, people, did you think that "gay marriage" was this holy sacrosanct thing that wouldn’t turn out to be just as awful as straight marriage. You morons only think you’re gaining a right - all you’re really doing is subjecting yourselves to one of the most awful collections of common law and precedent on earth. There is nothing uglier in human jurisprudence than family court, as America’s homos are about to discover as they continue this mindless drive for "equality." You’re going to get equality all right, and you’ll wish like hell you’d never gotten anywhere near it in the first place.

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