Divorce among gay people is not issue in many states, but in
D.C. getting a divorce is now easier after the City Council passed a bill
making it easier.
Tuesday the council passed a bill that would allow a gay
couple to retain a divorce attorney
and end their marriages even if they don’t live in the city, providing that the
city in which they reside forbids divorce, according to the Huffington Post.
Under the current law, gay and lesbian couples have only
been granted a divorce in D.C. if at least one member of the couple has lived
in the city for at least six months before starting divorce proceedings, the
Washington Post reported.
The bill will go to Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature.
Washington D.C. began issuing marriage licenses for gays and
lesbians in March of 2010. Same-sex marriage is only legal in a six states,
Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont along
with the Washington D.C. Both Maryland and Washington State have passed bills
that will allow gay marriage but are likely to be held up in the legislature.
Since so few states allow same-sex marriages, the couples,
who wish to retain divorce lawyer,
face challenges if they marry in a state where it is legal, but live in a state
that forbids it. As more states pass laws that will legalize same-sex marriage,
these couples will face the same issues as straight couples and need the help
of divorce attorneys to resolve