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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER  25

Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce

When same-sex marriage was approved in the District of Columbia, the DC Marriage Bureau had to change its preprinted forms from asking for the name of the “bride and groom” to the name of each “spouse.” And officers performing marriage ceremonies changed “I now pronounce you husband and wife” to “I now pronounce you legally married.”

As of August 2013, there are fourteen jurisdictions that allow same-sex couples to marry in the United States. They are California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. There are twenty-nine states that have constitutional provisions prohibiting same-sex ...

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