US: Florida same-sex couple denied divorce
An appeals court in Miami has denied a same-sex couple the right to divorce.
In the case which did not challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Sarah Oliver and Heather Stufflebeam were denied their divorce petition.
The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that a lower court’s decision to deny the divorce to the couple, who married in Iowa, was correct.
The court noted that Florida does not currently recognise the marriage.
Same-sex marriages are expected to start in Florida on 5 January, however it is unclear how many states will actually issue marriage licences before further legal challenges.
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