US: Divorce Just as Much a Hurdle as Marriage for US Gays

Like marriage, divorce laws are determined by each of the 50 states, only nine of which — in addition to the federal capital Washington — so far allow couples of the same sex to wed.

“If a couple is living in New York City… they can get a divorce in New York City,” said Sommer, who is Lambda Legal’s director of constitutional litigation and senior counsel.

But complications arise when couples relocate to a state where their marriage is not legally recognized, said Stuart Gaffney, media director of the lobbying group Marriage Equality USA.

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