Texas Judge Refuses to Grant Same Sex Divorce

Courthouse News Service reports that a Texas Judge has refused to void a lesbian couple’s marriage or grant them a divorce, citing the state’s constitutional gay marriage ban.  The article begins as follows:

     Brooke Powell, of Fort Worth, and Cori Jo Long, of North Richland Hills, married in June 2010 in New Hampshire. The women separated in June 2013 and Powell filed to void their marriage in April in Tarrant County District Court.

“The marriage is void because the petitioner and respondent are of the same sex,” the complaint stated.

District Judge William Harris refused both requests Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. He said the court lacked jurisdiction to make either ruling because same-sex marriages are not recognized in Texas due to the ban enacted by voters in 2005

Read more at Courthouse News Service.

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Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.