NEWER POST

Baltimore's Newest Art Hotspot: The Vending Machine

OLDER POST

Big Fish Q&A with Baltimore Community Foundation President and CEO Tom Wilcox

Money & Power

You Thought Gay Marriage Was Legally Complicated? Try Gay Divorce

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 19, 2012 8:29am

Well, the conservatives were right, it is a slippery slope. First gay couples wanted the right to marry, and look, now they think they should be able to get divorced, too! Geez, what’s next?

In 2008, two women living in DC, Jessica Port and Virginia Anne Cowan, flew to San Francisco to marry. A year and a half ago they filed for divorce in Maryland; their request was denied by a Prince George’s County judge. Other same-sex spouses have attempted divorces in Maryland, to mixed results. Some of them get approved, while others get denied, with little rhyme or reason.

It must feel strange to reside in Maryland in a same-sex marriage; the union is recognized by Maryland’s state agencies, but not Maryland as a whole, and is not recognized federally. If you can’t get a divorce it’s even stranger, as you remain legally half-tethered to your would-be ex.

Perhaps the whole thing is a little more complicated than it needs to be. According to an article in The Sun, Maryland currently recognizes even incestuous marriages from another state, though it’s considered criminal here. And yet, when it comes to gay marriages — which could become the law of the land in Maryland in January — it seems our judges can’t help but get lost in the legal fog.

Port and Cowan’s divorce is headed to the Maryland Court of Appeals for a definitive decision that is likely to set the standard for all Maryland judges.

Leave a Reply



    NEWER POST

    Baltimore's Newest Art Hotspot: The Vending Machine

    OLDER POST

    Big Fish Q&A with Baltimore Community Foundation President and CEO Tom Wilcox

    Most Comments This Week

    3

    Meet Former Catonsville Student John Wilkes Booth

    Written by Robert OBrien

    Monday, Apr 20, 2015 9:08am

    1

    O'Malley Keeps Singing at His Pre-Campaign Stops

    Written by Robert OBrien

    Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 10:05am

    1

    Baltimore Trash Talk: Where Litter and Art Meet

    Written by Laurel Peltier

    Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 1:50pm

    Recent Comments

    Jill Frazier
    56 Is the New 93

    "Thanks again, Marion, and wishing you a speedy recovery, and blessings!

    Goals, Go-getting and Gearing...
    Learn the basics of canning with prezerve

    "[…] my writing skills. But then, in February, one of my press releases was used for...

    bill
    Meet Former Catonsville Student John Wilkes Booth

    "FYI Green Mount is two word for the cemetery Greenmount is one word for road

    anne
    Meet Former Catonsville Student John Wilkes Booth

    "I'm surprised to hear he went to school in Catonsville. That's interesting. His family...