At present, a gay or lesbian couple that is legally married cannot get
a divorce in Texas. Instead, they can get their marriage voided. This
will effectively terminate the marriage contract, but it does not have
all the same implications and entitlements as a divorce does. A lesbian
couple in Texas has gained a lot of media attention over the past several
months as they have decided not to settle for a voided marriage.
They are pursuing a divorce so that they can benefit from property rights,
benefits under state law and benefits under federal law. One of the partners
says that she wants to secure benefits under social security and certain
retirement benefits that she can only achieve if she is able to get a
divorce from her spouse.
The other partner says that she is satisfied with simply having the marriage
voided because it is the more practical route. This partner admits that if
divorce was an option, she would have chosen that route, but she simply wants
to move forward. Regardless, the state of Texas has refused to recognize
the divorce because they believe that this would validate the marriage.
Texas is still a state known for its harsh laws preserving heterosexual
marriage and discouraging homosexual unions.
The Texas Supreme Court is reviewing a handful of different homosexual
divorce cases. Some of the homosexuals who have filed for these Texas
divorces say that they are doing so because they want to have a voice.
They also want to take a stance and advocate for fairness. If you want
more information about homosexual divorce, don't hesitate to contact a
Plano family attorney at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today. Our team of dedicated lawyers will help
you to purse a voided marriage or a divorce as you see fit and can advise
you in your efforts with legal knowledge. Call us today to learn more!