Sunday, February 20, 2011

Same-sex divorce shelved in Dallas

An appeals court in Dallas has rejected the judgment of a lower court that two gay men who were married in Massachusetts can obtain a divorce in Texas.

Judge Tena Callahan ruled in October that men could obtain a divorce in Texas, and prevent them from getting a divorce would violate the constitutional right of the pair to equal protection.

However, the judgment was reversed by the 5th District Court of Apeals to Dallas, indicating the judge Callahan to close the case.

Marriages are prohibited through an amendment voters – has approved the Constitution of the State of Texas and its family code. Justice Kerry p. Fitzgerald's in the decision: "we hold that district courts have jurisdiction under Texas to hear a case of same-sex divorce."

The two men involved were identified only by the initials J.B. and m.p., married in 2006. J.B. had said that he did not enter into marriage with lightness and that their dismissal was painful, but he believed people should enjoy the same rights to do what they want with their private life.

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