Recognizing Gay Marriage Through Gay Divorce

“In what appears to be the first ruling of its kind, a state Supreme Court judge in Broome County has allowed a same-sex Binghamton couple to divorce. New York doesn’t allow same-sex marriages, but state Justice Molly R. Fitzgerald allowed Lauren Wells-Weiss to divorce her partner, Shari Weiss. The two married Aug. 13, 2004, in Toronto, after a private religious ceremony before family and friends in Ithaca in 2001. The case is paradoxical, said both women’s attorneys, because in their opinion the judge recognized the lesbian couple was married, although New York state law doesn’t allow same-sex marriages.” [P&SB]