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Editor: Margaret Ryznare
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Will Rhode Island Divorce Same-Sex Couple From Massachusetts?

Two lesbians married in Massachusetts have filed for divorce in Rhode Island, setting up a legal conundrum for judges in a state where the laws are silent on the legality of same-sex marriage. Margaret Chambers and Cassandra Ormiston of Providence were married after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2003. They filed for divorce in Rhode Island on Oct. 23, citing irreconcilable differences, Chambers's attorney, Louis M. Pulner, said Wednesday. Ormiston declined to comment. Rhode Island Family Court Chief Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah Jr. has yet to decide whether his court has jurisdiction and said he thinks it is the first filing for a same-sex divorce in the state. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 5." By Ray Henry, Associated Press, Link to Article (last visited 11-29-06 NVS)

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