John M. Becker

Mississippi GOP Governor: No Gay Divorce

Filed By John M. Becker | September 18, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: divorce, gay marriage, marriage equality, Mississippi, Phil Bryant, relationship recognition, same-sex marriage

phil-bryant-mississippi.jpgPhil Bryant, the anti-LGBT Republican governor of Mississippi, is asking his state's supreme court to deny the appeal of a lesbian woman who is seeking recognition of her same-sex marriage so that she can get a divorce.

Jackson, Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger reports:

The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham's appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The high court said Monday that it would hear the case instead of assigning it to the Court of Appeals. Tuesday, justices approved Bryant's motion to intervene. It's unclear if the court will hear oral arguments or when it might rule.

In 2013, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ruled that the Mississippi Constitution and statutes prevented him from granting a divorce to Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon.

The women married in San Francisco in 2008 and bought a house in Mississippi before separating in 2010. They could divorce in California, but Czekala-Chatham says she shouldn't be treated differently than straight couples. Melancon objected to the divorce but later agreed to a binding settlement splitting the couple's property even though the divorce was denied.

Bryant, you'll recall, is the same homophobe who signed a "right to discriminate" bill into law earlier this year, allowing people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people and other minority groups, as long as they claim they're doing so for religious reasons.

Nice guy, eh?

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