DC Council Votes To Make Gay Divorce Easier In City

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The D.C. Council has given final approval to a bill that would make it easier for gay and lesbian couples who marry in the nation’s capital to get divorced.

The council approved the bill unanimously in a preliminary vote last month.

The bill approved Tuesday lets 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.

The District began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in March 2010. The bill now goes to Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature.

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