The Supreme Court of Rhode Island, where same-sex couples are not allowed to get married, ruled this week that they are not allowed to get divorced either. State residents Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chambers married three years ago in neighboring Massachusetts. When they filed for divorce in their home state last year, the petition was denied, because state law defines marriage—and thus divorce—as being between a man and a woman. The couple are now officially trapped in their marriage, unless they establish residency in Massachusetts. “They are in legal limbo,” said Louis Pulner, a lawyer for Chambers.
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