Of course, it was just a matter of time…
In 2004, a lesbian couple who had been living together in Rhode Island trekked to Massachusetts to get married after Massachusetts legalized gay marriage.
Well, now they’ve separated and filed in their home state of Rhode Island for … divorce.
Only Rhode Island doesn’t “recognize” gay marriage. So, can Rhode Island grant a “gay divorce”?
Or, more technically, does a Rhode Island court have subject matter jurisdiction over a gay marriage validly entered in Massachusetts?
It’s a good question…
All eyes are on Rhode Island as it becomes the first state to grapple with an issue sure to arise in other states in coming months and years.