Ky. judge grants same-sex divorce because ‘all people should be treated as equals’


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge in Kentucky has granted a divorce to a same-sex couple despite the fact the state doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

divorceThe Courier-Journal reports the ruling by Jefferson Family Court Judge Joseph O’Reilly is the first of its kind in the state.

The case involves Alysha Romero and Rebecca Sue Romero, who were legally married in Massachusetts.

Lawyers argued that the women should be able to divorce in Kentucky, where they live now, instead of having to move back to Massachusetts.

O’Reilly said in his ruling that not allowing the divorce would violate a guarantee in the state constitution that all people should be treated as equals.

The ruling comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear cases from four states, including Kentucky, where same-sex marriage bans were upheld by a federal appeals court.

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