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12:04 | 23rd June 2017

News: World

Wed 17 Feb, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


This is the first time in over a year that our family has been at peace…We never asked them to grant us a same-sex marriage. We only asked them to legally recognise that we needed a divorce.

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No marriage, No divorce - What's next?

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A married lesbian couple in Texas may have their divorce application denied as the state still only sees marriage as an act allowed between a man and woman.
Angelique Naylor, 39, and Sabina Daly, 41, who have a four year old adopted son, married in 2004 in a ceremony held in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal.
The pair, who have been separated for over a year, came to an agreement of how they should divide their assets and child in an amicable settlement.
The judge, Scott Jenkins, granted the divorce and asked for the two women to put the settlement in writing.

However, the state's attorney-general, Greg Abbott, has now intervened with the matter stating that the pair aren’t legally allowed to divorce in the state as gay marriage isn’t legal within Texas.
According to Cox Newspaper, Ms Naylor said about the situation: ''This is the first time in over a year that our family has been at peace…We never asked them to grant us a same-sex marriage. We only asked them to legally recognise that we needed a divorce.''
The spokesman for the attorney-general said in a statement:
''The state maintains that the court has no legal authority to grant this divorce, and as a result, the state must intervene in this case to defend the Texas constitution.''
Same-sex couples are allowed to marry in Massachusetts Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa and New Hampshire.
Texas previously passed constitutional amendments banning gay marriage.

 

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