Skip to comments.Md. High Court Poised to Hear (precedent setting) Lesbian Divorce Case
Posted on 04/09/2012 6:26:41 AM PDT by NYer
Maryland's highest court is poised to hear arguments in a precedent-setting case involving two women who married in California but were denied a divorce in Maryland, which does not currently allow same-sex weddings.
The Court of Appeals of Maryland in Annapolis was set to hear arguments Friday from lawyers for the lesbian couple who are seeking to end their marriage. A Maryland judge declined to grant their divorce in 2010, basing his decision on the conclusion that the women's marriage is not valid under Maryland law.
But lawyers for the women disagree, saying the state should recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere even though Maryland does not allow same-sex weddings at the present time. As a result, the couple should be allowed to divorce in the state, the lawyers say.
The high court's ultimate decision may have limited effect since same-sex weddings, and by extension divorces, are set to start in the state in January 2013 under a law passed this year. But opponents of the new law are seeking to overturn it in a potential voter referendum.
Meanwhile, judges in Maryland are inconsistent about granting divorces for gay couples who married in another state. Lawyers involved in Friday's case say they believe judges have granted about a half a dozen divorces for gay couples, but their clients, Jessica Port and Virginia Anne Cowan, and at least one other couple were recently denied that.
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Sounds like the gay times in Gay-Ville are over.
I am so sick of this country. Sick of it all.
Kansas has case law which gives the court common law rights to divide assets accumulated by people who live together, no matter what their intimate relationship. It needs to be shown that the couple have commingled their funds and shared living expenses over a period of time. Alimony is not provided for. One judge in our county has found common law sufficient to award visitation rights to the half of the gay couple who is denied access to the children the people have been raising calling it a psychological parenting issue. We have to deal with the children and their relationships to the people who have been raising them. It’s complicated.
Brother & sister? Grandfather and grandson?
In my opinion, applying heterosexual case law to homosexual relationships is judicial activism plain and simple.
The Constitution (and its complement state Constitutions) are like a screen door. The more you bang it, the looser it gets. Eventually, it just disintegrates.
What’s happening here is nothing more than two leftists banging on MD law. Probably couldn’t care less about any divorce, and care A GREAT DEAL about destroying the institution of marriage, the foundation and building block of civil society.
I know two women who each went through a lesbian marriage and divorce.
You think a regular divorce is messy? You ain’t seen nuthin’!
(BTW the courts HATE lesbian divorces, they don’t know who to screw)...
It’s bushs fault.
Just another political stunt. The article clearly states that California allows them to divorce there if they were married there. Maryland divorce laws are quite burdensome without the complication of lesbianism. They’d be fools NOT to go to CA.
What happens if there are children involved?
I am sick of paying to subsidize people who embrace the “gay lifestyle" and expect the Christians who they ridicule to pay for their health expenses, their legal bills and their outreach and gay pride programs.
The children are scarred for life and have a greater likelihood of gay behavior themselves. Next question? :-)
I know that :) I was more sort of enquiring what happens to custody, given the well known bias courts have towards the mother in conventional marriage break ups.
I would guess the “butch” half of the couple will come into court with an extreme girly makeover to look more motherly if she wants the kid.
We can’t forget either that with each bit of ground we give up they will try to grab more and more. Trump just allowed that transsexual into his beauty pageant. The liberal talk show host Leslie Marshall said on FOX last week that we’re going to see “more and more” transgender people in society, and of course that didn’t bother her. The Chaz Bono thing was a big step towards them thinking that they’ve got enough approval of gays out there now that they can push for this next step of trying to make people accept a perversion of the idea of gender on an even more severe level.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Oh dear. Thats an image that will remain with me for some time to come.
Somewhat related to your post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2870157/posts
It’s why I post things like I did. I thought the world had gone mad in the early1990’s. It was just on the road to complete madness. I say this because I spend more time on liberal sites than on FR and those people simply think conservatives are whacked. Many are proud to say they are socialists.
It is one of the reasons I think we are on the cusp of end time events as mentioned in both the old and new testaments. But the bad news is that the bible says it will be the worst time in the history of mankind. The good news is that that is followed by the return of Jesus.
I know. I forgot the sarcasm tag. It’s getting to the point where everything the progressive judges do can only be borne with sarcasm.