DC Council Considering Gay Divorce Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would make it easier for gay and lesbian couples who marry in the nation’s capital to get divorced.

The bill would let gay couples who married in Washington get divorced even if they no longer live in the district, provided they live somewhere that would not recognize their divorce. Under current law, one member of the divorcing couple has to live in Washington for six months before starting divorce proceedings.

Washington began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in March 2010. Six states also allow same-sex marriage. But divorcing couples can face legal hurdles if they live in a state that does not recognize their union.

The Committee on the Judiciary voted unanimously Tuesday to send the bill to the full council.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • matthew

    priorities people

  • guest

    get ready for the: “see I told you they’d be asking for special rights” comments from the hatrs

    • Freedom and Equality for All

      The ‘Sacred Cows’ already have special rights, Hate Crimes Laws. It’s gone beyond equality, ever since Matthew Shepherd.

      • Kathleen

        That’s so true. Hate crimes laws don’t cover anything else. Except religion, race, sex, gender identity and disability. Even white Christian guys if they’re attacked for who they – and the locals won’t investigate it. I’ll bet that happens all the time.

        Yep – not having a crime against me be shoved under the carpet because the local leo’s might be bigots or are such a small berg they don’t have the resources to investigate properly is a rare perq indeed. That’s just crazy talk!

      • lewr2

        kathleen, there’s already a crime against those things. It’s called…. a crime

    • Ursus Magnus

      Nice buzzword. Why don’t you try thinking for yourself?

      • guest

        I do think for myself. the only principled opposition to gay marriage is when gay marriage is imposed via a judicial proceeding. the argument against judge made gay marriage is that there is nothing to prevent the judicial slippery slope. a state legislature does have a role in defining the requirements for a relationship that a state recognizes. if the legislature votes to approve gay mariage, then if you dont like it, you move. in other words, marriageis not a civil right it is a relationship governed by the state and a state through the legislative process can specifiy its requirements.

    • 8644

      What’s your point?

    • Bill E Bob

      Don’t ya’ just hate it when others are right?

    • tom

      It is a special right if it is alowed for gay people and not strait you moron..

    • Walt Dukehart

      See, I told you they’d be asking for special right.

    • Win

      So why don’t they just change the law for everyone? What is it about the government that it inherently treats people different while claiming it is doing the opposite?

    • danny

      See, I told you they’d be asking for special right.

      Happy now? Moron.

  • Greg

    let them get dragged through the mub like everyone else f who gets divorced!! why should they have it easier- equal rights -equal suffer.

  • sam

    BUT BUT BUT????

    GAYS don’t get divorced, or break up or anything.

    Thats why they always use divorced straight couples to say that they do more harm to marriage than gays would.

    I thought ALL GAYS were perfect???


    • Bryan

      A significant, unspoken aspect of the gay marriage movement is about gay *weddings*.

      A wedding day is not a “marriage”.

      For many, one “look at me day” just isn’t enough…

      Of course, this can be said of many a straight diva at the altar as well…

      • CMW

        Very insightful post.

  • JimmyStewart


    All you have to do nowadays is disagree or say something is wrong and your automatically a “hater.” I guess that makes you a “hater” of “haters” you had better stop “hating” and start loving, which means you need to agree with those of us who are against “gay marriage” because then you will truly be set free to love.

    • Tony Marik

      More like a master debater. It’s a sad fact of our current era…When you have a differing opinion from someone else, that now makes you a “hater”. One sad state of affairs.

    • macksfield

      Yes, if you don’t agree with their point of view, then you must be a “hater”. Geez, nice debating skills.

      • A Non-Hating Hater who doesn't Hate

        Personally, I think he’s a great debater. LOL

  • B Da Truth

    The only people who really ever cared about Gay Marriage were Trial Lawyers and Divorce Attorneys.
    The idea that all these gays were just dying to engage in Holy Matrimony nonsense from he start. A make work program for DNC connected lawyers.
    Now lets do away with Civil Unions and force them to marry.

  • Rickey Roma

    Gay men are being deprived of their God given constitutional right to have an abortion…Until this is remedied, they will never be equal.

    • macksfield

      Oh my, I like it. never thought of that.

    • JerzeyBoy

      Sure they can; it’s called Gelding.

      • Sammie Jo

        That’s not an abortion that’s a sterilization.

  • Sharon

    Don’t we have enough to think about in DC this is Stupid

  • eddy james

    Go to DC get a Gay Divorce ,go to the mall and have a pic-a-dic lunch home by 9

  • babydriver

    I feel so bad for these poor perverts.

    • poorhardworker

      Don’t think you really “feel bad” because you called them perverts! Just saying…

  • Russ

    Who will pay the gay child-support for each couple’s mass of adopted designer-babies from every continent?

    • lukuj

      And the mother can’t get preference when there is NO mother or 2 mothers. Anyway, they can call it a marriage, but it wasn’t one except in their eyes and that of states who evidently think a contract is the same as marriage.

    • sam


    • JerzeyBoy

      Who will pay? The taxpayer will pay for kids, just like is done for 80% of other DC children.

  • SJM

    The bill would let gay couples who married in Washington get divorced even if they no longer live in the district, provided they live somewhere that would not recognize their divorce.
    OK, follow the logic here. If they live someplace that won’t recognize their “gay divorce” doesn’t it also follow that the location probably also doesn’t recognize their “gay marriage”? Wouldn’t that make the whole point moot everywhere but Washington?

    • Dan

      Excellent, now I wonder if another state will allow me to have a concealed permit to carry in a state as long as they don’t recognize my right to carry?

      • Citizen64

        That was good Dan…

      • Jeff H.

        Well said. Thank you.

      • Walt Dukehart

        dan – you are right on the money ! Andrew p doesn’t get it because he doesn’t read the news.

      • Andrew P.


    • FCB

      True, but the problem arises when settlements have to be made about property, custody, etc. So what this is saying is that if a couple marries in DC then goes somewhere that won’t allow them to divorce, aka giving them certain legal recourse and protections, then they can divorce under Washington law. It essentially is giving them rights in case of a “breakup”, which is what the place they’re living in would call it. It does make since, but it is more of a ploy for a certain voting bloc then an actually practical bill.

  • Keith Wren

    This is the reason I, as a conservative Christian, have always been for making gay marriage permissible! They have to go through the heartache and the expence of divorce just like regular people do!

    • Freedom for All

      They’re not regular and this has nothing to do with heart-ache.

    • F*** the F***

      The problem is the schools and Dem. run media are teaching gay-ness to children in order to manufacture a future Dem voting block. They have to replace white christians some way, and this is the plan. It appears they have gotten to you!

  • El Gringo

    It’s all a dog and pony show to appease a certain voting block. As “SJM” points out above, the whole thing is a figgin’ sham.

  • Pup

    If the government didn’t stick itself into the private religious ceremonies of the people we wouldn’t have to worry about who is married and divorced in the eyes of the state. What kind of subjects are we that we need a “licence” to marry anyway? We shouldn’t have to have the approval of anybody to get married. Marriage is a sacriment, and should be protected from government meddling by the 1st Amendment, right? (AKA “separation of church and state” as the common misunderstand goes) The government is “impeding the free exercise of religion”. Off my soapbox for now…thanks for listening.

    • PfcHunter

      The government could care lless whether you get married or not. All they care about is whether you pay your taxes to the hilt or not. Since Gays statistically make more than straight couples, then the property settlement oes to the Feds or in community property states.
      Why do Gays and Washington DC think they can change the laws of another state? Just because they mved out of DC does not mean that they do not have to follow DC’s law as well as the other states? How o you get a divorce from a state that doesn’t recognize marriage when the only reason they went to DC in the first place was because they could get married there, now DC will change their law to accommodate a poorly written law for people who are tired of living with their “spouse” and don’t want to go back to DC to divorce. It doesn’t answer the question of what happens if the state they are in does recognize gay marriage? Then who needs DC? Stupid liberals make stupid laws.

    • Jessica B


  • Panrinoy Dugalesti

    Before I first came to Terra with my family I had no warning on how a mid-level civilization excluded others based on what they do for 15 minutes a day. Back on Jeladew there are mixed couples and even large groups who are linked for life. While I left there for other political reasons not yet an issue here, this was never a problem in our 84,000 year recorded history.

    • mltplmom

      Once when visiting Jeladew I flimladdled with 4 Destellias – I don’t have to tell you how much Destellias need man flesh. That was a day I’ll tell you.

      • Panrinoy Dugalesti

        Huh? What part are you from? Turiltana? I don’t fully recognize the lingo.

  • barney_fwank

    There is no such thing as gay “marriage”, just as there is no such thing as a square “wheel”.

    You can invent a square “wheel” if you want. You can even call it a “wheel”.

    But normal people with common sense will easily see that it is NOT a wheel.

    Same for gay “marriage”.

    • GWM 31

      I agree, LGBT’s need to come up with our own form of “marriage” that grants us the same rights as the breading population (that is slowly killing the planet). The bottom line is equality, and we all deserve it. You keep your marriage, and give me my ___ (insert new word for gay marriage here). Then we’re all happy.

  • Sean Patriot

    Its not a “union”, its a marriage, thats the problem.

  • DirtyDave777

    Last time I checked its Illegal for states to pass laws to be enforced on other states.

  • walter12

    First of all, that is all that they would talk about is getting married, which is a oxymoron, now they talk of divorce. The gay groups are wacko.

    • Andrew P.

      well it should be obvious. clearly, they aren’t going to petition for divorce before they win the right to marriage… that should make sense to any here.

  • Obama for Pope

    Shouldn’t it be just as contentious, costly and time consuming for gay couples to get divorced as straight? Equal rights and all.

  • mltplmom

    Just yesterday I said to myself – I want to be GAY!!! But really all I wanted was to be “happy” , then I realized that I was already happy – because I wasn’t GAY!!
    Of course Gay used to MEAN happy – so , I guess I am Gay after all??? I’m so damned confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Panrinoy Dugalesti

      Just be. The best I can tell you otherwise is do not allow your mind to see through your eyes nor hear through your ears lest the mind speaks through your mouth.

  • Crabjuice

    Gays want a law that allows them to marry same-sex partners. Not to allow them to would be to treat them unequally.
    Fair enough. After all, who would it harm, right?
    I wonder if the gay community would also support my right to marry multiple partners of whatever sex I chose. Would they also support my right to marry a tree or an aardvark?
    Not to do so would be to treat me unequally, wouldn’t it? After all, who would it harm?

    • Shawn

      More to your point – every state prohibits “next of kin” marriages. An adult brother and sister cannot marry, nor can first cousins etc. And these are opposite sex marriages. They have more in common with traditional marriage than same sex unions yet we still prohibit them. Are the rights of brothers and sisters, mothers and sons, first cousins etc. less valuable than the rights of gays? If we are going to redefine marriage we need to think through ALL the horrible implications of that change.

  • Tom


    • Freedom for All

      Re: Crabjuice
      How about Hate-Crimes. You’re in Double Trouble, a violation of Double Jeopardy, if you physically attack a ‘Sacred Cow’, but they are not!!! Where’s te equality?
      Wake Up People. You’re being stripped of your rights.

  • Tom

    Can you see the divorce trial?

    “Your honor, he used to be a bottom, and now he wants to be a top”.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow and Like Us
Best Of CBS Washington

Listen Live