Gay Couple can not get a Divorce in Rhode Island
A lesbian couple was married in Massachusetts and cannot get a divorce in their home state of Rhode Island, it was ruled Friday in the state's highest court, Boston WCVB reported.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the family court can not grant a divorce because the state of Rhode Island does not define marriage as anything other than between a man and a woman.
This is the courts first case of dealing with a same-sex divorce.
Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chamers were married in Massachusetts in 2004 and filed for divorce last year, citing irreconcilable differences.
A divorce could be issued in Massachusetts if one of the two moved there for a year.
WCVB said, Nancy Palmisciano, Ormiston's lawyer, said couples married in other states and other countries are routinely granted divorces in Rhode Island, and that the same freedom should apply in this case.
Gov. Don Carcieri, who opposes same-sex marriage, said previously he favored the divorce, because the court did not need to rule if the marriage was valid, and it avoids the larger debate about same-sex unions.
But in a written statement Friday, he supported the courts decision.
Karen Loewry, a staff attorney for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, said "You're essentially asking these women to move to access justice. The door of the courthouse has been barred for them."