Gay or lesbian couples in Clinton Township, Michigan are likely aware of the struggle for marriage equality that has swept the nation. However, some may not be aware of the divorce struggle that is occurring. While marriage is a battle that is gradually gaining footing, separation between same sex couples is a different issue that requires its own attention.
One state is taking steps in the right direction, and this state is Alabama. Despite the fact that Alabama is currently in limbo with gay marriage on hold, that has not stopped one judge from granting a lesbian couple a divorce. The two women had mutually agreed that a divorce would be best for them and there were no contests in the split. They signed a five page divorce settlement in advance. The judge issued “incompatibility of temperament” as the reason for dissolving the marriage. He reportedly stated that they are both from Alabama and Alabama is where their families and friends are. Because of that, the couple stated that they wished to get a divorce in the state, even though they were married in Iowa.
The judge who granted the divorce this time around actually refused the women their request one year earlier. In his new order, there was no explanation as to why the reversal came about. Likewise, he made no mention of the Federal judge who declared Alabama’s ban on same sex marriage to be unconstitutional. It has been stated that this pattern is common in states where same sex marriage bans have been overturned. However, the judge himself had no comment to give when he was approached with questions.
As gay and lesbian marriages become more common, divorces will also become more common. Because of that, it is very good news for the LGBTQA community to see decisions like this being made.
Source: 9&10 News, “With gay marriage on hold, Alabama judge OKs lesbian divorce,” Jay Reeves, March 13, 2015