PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Same-sex couples in Rhode Island are using the state’s new gay marriage law to file for divorce.
Attorney Neville Bedford tells WPRI-TV that he filed one of Rhode Island’s first same-sex divorces for his client, who got married in Massachusetts in 2008 but separated with her wife in 2011.
“Her only option before was to move to a state that allowed same-sex marriage,” Bedford told WPRI. “She had to wait 2 years for this day.”
His client Melanie – a doctor who is doing her residency in Rhode Island – said she felt “trapped” not being able to get legally divorced in the state.
“I did consider moving but I decided against it,” she told WPRI. “It was too much to deal with.”
Melanie couldn’t divorce her wife in 2011 because the state did not legally recognize same-sex marriages.
Bedford told WPRI that believed at least a dozen same-sex couples would file for divorce the first day it was available. The number of same-sex divorce filings has yet to be released.
Gay marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, bringing the number of states allowing same-sex marriage to 13.
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