Maryland High Court Recognizes Gay Divorce

As opponents of same-sex marriage work to overturn the not-yet-in-effect marriage equality law in Maryland, the state's highest court is recognizing gay divorces, for those couples married in other states, the AP reports:

MdThe Court of Appeals issued the ruling Friday that couples who have a valid marriage from another state can divorce in Maryland. The ruling says Maryland courts should withhold recognition of a valid foreign marriage only if that marriage is “repugnant” to state public policy. The court says the threshold is a high bar that has not been met in the case that it ruled on.

The case involved two women who were married in California and denied a divorce in 2010 by a Maryland judge. Lawyers for the women told the Court of Appeals that is would be unprecedented for the state not to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere.