Same-Sex Couple Seeks Right to Divorce in Kentucky

Nov 4, 2013

A same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts is seeking a divorce in Kentucky.  The case has presented a dilemma since Kentucky does not recognize gay marriage.

Judges and divorce lawyers told The Courier Journal that the case filed in Jefferson Family Court involving Alysha Romero and Rebecca Sue Romero is the first of its kind in the state.

Alysha Romero's lawyer, Louis Waterman, said the women should be allowed to part ways in Kentucky instead of having to move back to Massachusetts for divorce proceedings.  But both opponents and supporters of gay marriage say the court's only choice will be to dismiss the petition because Kentucky law bans gay marriage and the recognition of such marriages.

Waterman says he'll appeal if the case is dismissed.