Gay Marriage Movement

So in New York, gay couples might not be able to marry, but they can divorce! This makes me think that I’m misreading it, as it makes very little sense, but whatever. Here is the NYPost article:

NY JUDGE OKS GAY DIVORCÉES

By BILL SANDERSON and ERIN CALABRESE

Last updated: 3:21 pm
October 25, 2008
Posted: 4:28 am
October 25, 2008

http://www.nypost. com/seven/ 10252008/ news/regionalnew s/ny_judge_ oks_gay_divorc_ es_135194. htm

Gay couples still can’t marry in New York – but at least they can get divorced.

A Manhattan lesbian couple wed in Massachusetts got a court’s blessing to seek a divorce here, according to a decision published yesterday.

And it was bittersweet victory, said one of the women involved in the split.

“My community is so important to me that it’s really mixed emotion,” said the woman, who asked to be identified only by her initials, C.C.

“I would rather them recognize [a right to enter in to] marriage first, and then [allow] divorce. But it’s a big step forward for our equality and our rights.”

This is the first time that a New York court has allowed a same-sex couple married in another state to seek a divorce. Earlier this year, another New York judge OK’d the divorce of a same-sex couple married in Canada.

“I can’t tell you how happy I feel that a New York court recognizes same-sex marriage and divorce,” said lawyer Lois Liberman. “It enables equality.”

This latest ruling involves C.C. and her partner, identified in papers only as C.M. They wed in Great Barrington, Mass., in August 2005. They began dating in 2001 and entered into a domestic partnership a year later.

During the marriage, C.M. gave birth to a child, now 2. The couple’s lawyers have said they expect no problems working out custody or financial matters. C.C. said she adopted the child, and expects partial custody.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Rosalyn Richter’s ruling cited several other decisions by courts and local and state governments recognizing gay marriage.

Included was Gov. Paterson’s directive earlier this year asking state agencies to make sure their rules and regulations “afford comity and full faith and credit to same-sex marriages.”

The judge set aside a ruling from last December that found that Rhode Island divorce courts lacked the authority to recognize same-sex marriages granted in Massachusetts.

Lieberman, who represented C.C., called Richter’s decision “excellent.”

“I think it’s necessary,” she added, describing the ruling as “a big victory.”

Same-sex marriages are allowed in several foreign countries and in California and Massachusetts. Several other states and the District of Columbia recognize civil unions.

While New York’s courts recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, several court rulings have kept such marriages from being performed here.

bill.sanderson@ nypost.com

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