A Nebraska district court judge denied a divorce to a same-sex couple on Tuesday. The couple got married in 2003 when they lived in Vermont.
The judge said that according to Nebraska Constitution, Nebraska does not see them as a married couple, a New York Family Lawyer stated. According to the constitution, “only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska,” the judge said.
Nebraska does not see the marriage as validate and he cannot dissolve the union. Nebraska is not the only state that does not recognize same-sex marriages. Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas and Rhode Island also have similar constitution.
A 37-year-old woman was requesting a divorce from another 50-year-old woman. Both women are from Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Even though the judge could not grant the 37-year-old woman’s request, he did make several orders about the condition of their family. He ruled about the issues of parenting and child support, a New York Family Lawyer was told. Both women agreed to the judge’s ruling in the matter.
The judge gave custody of a four-year-old girl to the plaintiff. The 37-year-old woman is the girl’s biological mother. A parenting plan was also ordered so that both parties could see the girl. The plan included weekend and holiday visits. As in cases like this in Long Island or Manhattan, the judge has the power to make these decisions.
The defendant was order to pay child support and all day-car and pre-school expense. The woman has a job in Hamburg, Iowa. It is unclear what her job is. She was order to pay $200 in child support a month. Both women will cover medical care for the girl.
The judge believes it is important that both parties be responsible for the girl because they both have a relationship with the woman.
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