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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Same-Sex Divorce in Mississippi

From SFGate:

Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008, lawyer Carey Varnadotold the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The attorney general's office, though, told the court that the state can't grant a divorce to Lauren Czekala-Chatham (chick AH' luh-CHAT' um) and Dana Ann Melancon (muh LAWN' sawn) because their marriage is void in Mississippi.

There may be a way out for the nine justices on Mississippi's top court: They could find a way to grant a divorce or legally dissolve the marriage without overturning the state constitutional amendment and law that limit marriage to a union between only one man and one woman. They could also wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule.

Read more here.

MR

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