ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—The struggle by same-sex couples to tie the knot is proving just as difficult to untie for one lesbian couple.
Alex DeMetrick reports their quest to divorce reached Maryland’s high court Thursday.READ MORE: Job Fair Aims To Help Candidates Find Path Out Of COVID-19 Pandemic
Maryland may have a same-sex marriage law on the books. But it doesn’t take effect until 2013, and a Maryland lower court ruled Jessica Port and her partner cannot divorce if they weren’t married here.
“I live in Maryland. I pay taxes in Maryland. I work in Maryland. I have every right to get a divorce in a timely manner like any other couple,” Port said.
Port and her partner Virginia Cowan married in California while it was legal.
Cowan too wants a divorce.READ MORE: 83-Year-Old Man John Lomax Jr. Killed In Reisterstown Crash
“Our client is very much committed to ending a marriage and having the ability to move on,” said Susan Sommer, Cowan’s lawyer.
That plea was made to Maryland’s Court of Appeals. The argument: people married in other states get divorced all the time in Maryland. So why not Port and Cowan?
“It would lock these parties into a marriage that is irretrievably broken. The court would for the first time be saying you can enter into a marriage, but you can’t exit it,” said Shannon Minter, Port’s lawyer.
That leaves Maryland’s highest court to decide if same-sex marriages and licenses from other states can be legally dissolved here.MORE NEWS: Murder Of Pregnant Woman Rabiah Ahmad, Daughter Ahja Still Unsolved One Year Later
The Court of Appeals gave no indication of when they might rule on the same-sex divorce case.