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Gay Couples Married in D.C. Can Now Get Divorced More Easily

DcThe D.C. Council yesterday passed a bill facilitating divorces for same-sex couples married there, the AP reports:

The bill approved Tuesday lets gay couples who married in Washington get divorced even if they no longer live in the district, provided they live somewhere that would not recognize their divorce. Under current law, one member of the divorcing couple has to live in Washington for six months before starting divorce proceedings.

Watch a report on the new law from WJLA, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. this is terrific news for the sad man that married Chris Barron.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 7, 2012 11:13:55 AM

  2. California passed the same law back in October, although I don't think it got any coverage.

    Posted by: ColinATL | Mar 7, 2012 5:07:46 PM

  3. Now here's a dilemma for the traditional values crowd. Do they hail a move that would make divorce easer for gay couples, who they think should never have been allowed to enter the institution of marriage in the first place, or do they bemoan the fact that divorce (one of the chief destroyer's of the social fabric according to socons) is now easier to get? Kind of funny when you think about it because if they say that gay divorce should be made as easy as possible, then what stops that "pro-divorce" position from spilling over into the heterosexual realm and seeing heterosexuals advocate easier divorce laws also?

    They could solve the problem by accepting marriage equality and taking a uniformly pro-marriage, anti-divorce position across the board. Eventually when marriage equality is legal in every state, they will have no other choice but to support the instituion of marriage this way. But for now they're stuck with a huge inconsistency.

    .......ah, the dilemmas of culture war politics!

    Posted by: Mary | Mar 7, 2012 6:56:17 PM

  4. my question is this, my friend got married in DC, we/they live in VA BCH, an now sorry to say they have split up. neither one has lived in the DC area. how do they go about get a divorced? thank you for your time.

    Posted by: patty | Apr 26, 2013 2:55:01 PM

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