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Same-Sex Divorce Confuses Even Lawyers
Howard Bashman points to a pair of articles from the San Francisco Chronicle today on the new legal issues faced by divorcing gay couples. In The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage, staff writer Wyatt Buchanan says that same-sex couple who break up are finding themselves in a legal morass that confuses even their lawyers.
In a companion piece, Same-Sex Marriage Foes Say Divorces Prove Their Point, Wyatt reports that two high-profile break-ups -- Julie and Hillary Goodridge, the named plaintiffs in the Massachusetts case that legalized same-sex marriage, and Carolyn Conrad and Kathleen Peterson, the couple in the nation's first same-sex civil union -- are providing fodder for opponents of gay marriage.
One case may work its way to the Supreme Court, the article suggests. It involves a lesbian couple who entered into a Vermont civil union, had a child and then broke up. The biological mother moved to Virginia, where a court a court ruled the nonbiological mother had no custody rights. But a Vermont court has ruled she does.
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