Miss. judge refuses to grant gay couple's divorce

12/3/2013

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A woman who filed for divorce from her wife says a Mississippi judge has refused to grant it because the marriage wasn't recognized under state law.

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham was married in California, and she filed for the divorce in September in DeSoto County in northern Mississippi. She says the judge seemed sympathetic, and she plans to appeal Monday's ruling.

Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood's office argued that Mississippi can't grant a divorce in a marriage it doesn't recognize.

Right-to-divorce cases have cropped up in some other states with constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. On Nov. 5, the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the state can grant divorces to gay couples married elsewhere.

  


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