DC Council Considering Gay Divorce Bill

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TV reporter Roby Chavez (L) holds hands with his partner Chris Roe (R) during their wedding ceremony, officiated by Rev. Dwayne Johnson (C) of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington on Aug. 21, 2010 at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

TV reporter Roby Chavez (L) holds hands with his partner Chris Roe (R) during their wedding ceremony, officiated by Rev. Dwayne Johnson (C) of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington on Aug. 21, 2010 at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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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.

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