May 08, 2009

Lesbian Divorcee Demands Gay Marriage

You can’t make this stuff up.  What first drew my attention to this AP story on the battle over gay marriage in Rhode Island was the way the writer emphasized the Catholicism of Rhode Island politicians in a way it is hard to imagine other groups (except evangelical Protestants) being identified.  Why I’m writing about it is this curious fact:  a leader of the proponents for gay marriage in Rhode Island is Cassandra Ormiston, who unsuccessfully asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court to let her divorce her lesbian partner, whom she had married under Massachusetts law.  The Rhode Island Supreme Court said no, on the grounds that Rhode Island did not recognize gay marriage.  So, apparently, Ormiston wants Rhode Island to recognize gay marriage so she can get a gay divorce.  Such are the struggles on the endless road to true equality.

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