Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Good for a laugh...

Here is another gem from Fr Neuhaus' most recent column:
Can you get a divorce without a marriage? The Supreme Court of Rhode Island says not. Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chambers live in Rhode Island but were wed in Massachusetts in a same-sex ceremony that the Bay State calls marriage. A year later, citing irreconcilable differences, they applied for a divorce in Rhode Island. That state has this odd law that says you have to be legally married to get legally divorced, and a marriage is between a man and a woman. Moreover, because of a residency requirement, they can’t get divorced in Massachusetts either. They’re not interested in living together in Massachusetts, or anywhere else. So it seems they’re in a fine pickle of their own making. Cassandra in Greek means “she who entangles men.” Homer might not believe what Cassandra is up to today.
Now can you imagine what might happen if Cassandra or Margaret were to decide that they wanted to get married (in the Rhode Island and generally universal sense of the term) to a male of the species? Would they be liable for bigamy in the State of Massachusetts?

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