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Should Gay Couples Be Allowed to Divorce?
Posted by Jason Douglas on 02.12.2012

First, let's get it out of the way. This article is not about war, the deficit, primary nonsense, or America's astonishing march toward becoming a military dictatorship. If you're the sort to go to the comments and say "with all that's going on, this is what you chose to write about?", just click the back button now. Now that the tightly wound are gone, we're ready for a quirky story that shows bureaucracy in all its tragedy.

Someone provided me a link to this story about an American lesbian couple that went to Ontario in 2005 to marry, since Canada is our progressive neighbor to the north and allows such things. You know the joke about allowing gays to marry so they can be miserable too? Well that's what happened here. In 2009 the couple split up, with one remaining in Florida and the other moving to the U.K. They now both want to get a gay divorce, and I call it that for good reason.

Because neither Florida nor the U.K. recognize gay marriage, their court systems want no involvement in the matter. The law in Canada will not allow a couple to divorce if they have lived there for less than a year. A rational person might conclude that this problem solves itself, but remember, I said the story is about two women (I kid... well, mostly). Believe it or not, these women are going through the time and legal expense to battle this out in Canada, where neither of them intend to ever live, to nullify a marriage no one else recognizes. You can't make this stuff up, though the Lifetime Network would likely be interested in a movie about it. I'm sure they could fill the film with male bureaucrats who use their forms and red tape as tools of misogyny and domination.

If these women could have gone to a courthouse in Florida and signed the proper document, as thousands of couples do every day, this whole inconvenience and subsequent debacle would have been avoided. If someone in Canada hadn't decided it's the state's business to place restrictions on divorce rather than leaving it to legal adults to undo their bad decisions in a timely fashion, this could have been avoided. The common thread is government involvement in personal matters. If you sold your house or car, you wouldn't want some bureaucrat rendering an opinion about whether you got a fair price and voiding the deal. If you want to open a music store in 2012, it's not for a government agency to deny you that right just because it's a stupid idea. And if two women who live in different countries, whose only legal tie is based on a form on file in Ontario, want to get a divorce despite being the only two people on earth who care, then damn it, no bureaucracy should be allowed to stop them.


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