Woman Wants Mississippi To Grant Divorce In Order To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage
(Hernando, MS) In hopes of getting Mississippi to recognize gay marriage, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham wants a divorce.
Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon left their Mississippi home in 2008 to get married in San Francisco.
They moved to Walls, MS a year later and things went well, until they didn’t.
The couple now wants a divorce.
Czekala-Chatham filed for divorce in chancery court in September.
In order to grant her divorce, Mississippi must recognize same-sex marriage.
Czekala-Chathamtold Politico, “It’s humiliating to know that you spend that money, that time to be in a committed relationship and for it to end. I mean, that hurts. But then to be in a state that doesn’t recognize you as a human being, or recognize you for who you are, for who you love, it’s hard.”
Currently, 16 states recognize same-sex marriage.
Politico reports couples in non-recognition states would have to move back to the state where they were married and establish residency in order to get divorced – an option that can be unworkable in many cases.