Maryland's highest court ruled Friday that same-sex couples can divorce in the state even though Maryland does not yet permit same-sex marriages. The Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 that couples who have a valid marriage from another state can divorce in Maryland. The case involved two women who were married in California and denied a divorce in 2010 by a Maryland judge. "A valid out-of-state same-sex marriage should be treated by Maryland courts as worthy of divorce, according to the applicable statues, reported cases, and court rules of this state," the court concluded in a 21-page ruling.You've got to love the phrasing: "worthy of divorce." It's barely been a week since the President made his announcement voicing his support for same-sex marriage, or "marriage equality" as the advocates are calling it. Robin Roberts of ABC News should stay by the phone in case the President wants to make a similar endorsement of the equally cherished right of "divorce equality." And Maryland is blazing the trail.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Race to the Bottom - Divorce Equality
Do we Marylanders live in a progressive state, or what? Our state Court of Appeals has just ruled that, even though same-sex marriage will not be legal in Maryland until January 2013 (unless a ballot initiative is successful at blocking it), same-sex couples may divorce in our state now. The AP reports: