Florida Bar in the process of creating gender-neutral divorce documents

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ORLANDO | The last marriage-related document in Florida is finally changing to reflect the needs of same-sex couples.

After the 2015 marriage equality ruling by the state of Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court, marriage applications and most divorce forms were adjusted to include same-sex couples. However, Barry Miller, President of the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association (CFGALLA) and CEO of The Closing Agent, discovered the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage still referred to couples as “Husband” and “Wife.”

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Mississippi justices dislike delay in gay divorce ruling

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices say the court should find the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a gay marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Feb. 26’s 26-page statement, written by Justice Leslie D. King and joined by Justice James Kitchens, was attached to an order by a six-member court majority.

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Mississippi court hears arguments over same-sex divorce

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Jackson, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008, lawyer Carey Varnado told the state Supreme Court on Jan. 21.

The attorney general’s office, though, told the court that the state can’t grant a divorce to Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon because their marriage is void in Mississippi.

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Ohio judge OKs divorce for 2 women, then undoes it

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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio judge who mistakenly approved a divorce between two women vacated his decision because their marriage isn’t recognized under state law.

Brenda Mohney and Erin O’Leary married in California in 2008, but only Mohney appeared during the divorce proceedings and an Athens County judge didn’t realize both parties are women when he approved the split in November, The Athens Messenger reported.

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Broward judge to consider Fla. same-sex marriage ban

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Lake Worth, Fla. – Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen might be the third judge in Florida to rule the 2008 ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but this time it stems from a divorce.

Heather Brassner wishes to dissolve her previous civil union to Megan Lade, who cheated on her and left her four years ago. Brassner and Lade divided up their belongings and separated, but Brassner is still locked into a civil union. Brassner wishes to be granted a divorce so she can seek a civil union with her current girlfriend, Jennifer.

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Judge postpones ruling on Tampa couple’s request to divorce

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Tampa – A judge has postponed a decision on whether a lesbian couple should be granted a legal divorce despite their Massachusetts marriage not being recognized in the Sunshine State.

Keiba Lynn Shaw and Mariama Changamire-Shaw married in 2010, moved to Florida a year later and have now decided to split. On March 27, Judge Laurel M. Lee heard the case of the two women and asked, “How would this court have the authority to dissolve a marriage that the laws of our state do not recognize?”

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Mississippi rules against lesbian couple’s request for divorce

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Jackson, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi judge refused to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple who got married in California, saying the marriage wasn’t recognized under state law, according to the woman who filed and her lawyer.

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, who filed for the divorce in September in north Mississippi’s DeSoto County, said in a telephone interview that the judge seemed sympathetic and that she plans to appeal the ruling.

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Ex-couples fight for states to recognize their gay marriages through divorces

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Hernando, Mississippi (AP) – Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham wants to force Mississippi, one of the America’s most conservative states, to recognize her same-sex marriage. She hopes to do so by getting a divorce.

She and Dana Ann Melancon traveled from Mississippi to San Francisco to get married in 2008. The wedding was all Czekala-Chatham hoped it would be, the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, dreams for a promising future. She wrote the vows herself.

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