April 12, 2012

The April 10 Style article “A fight for same-sex divorce” rightly pointed out the legal quagmire faced by same-sex married couples trying to get divorced in states that do not recognize their marriages. States that do not yet have marriage-equality laws should take action, either through their courts or their legislatures, to recognize same-sex marriages — if only for the limited purpose of dissolution.

But states that already have marriage-equality laws have a role to play as well. They should follow the lead of the District, which recently passed a law allowing same-sex couples who were married in the District to divorce here — regardless of where they live now — if their home state does not allow same-sex couples to divorce. Now that Maryland is moving toward marriage equality, it should pass similar legislation to ensure divorce equality.

Alexandra Harwin and Jennifer Davison, Washington