JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman is asking Mississippi to recognize her out-of-state, same-sex marriage so she can get divorced.
Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham (Chick AH' luh-CHAT' um) was married to Dana Ann Melencon in California, where gay marriage is legal. But she is a resident of Mississippi, which does not allow gay marriage.
California exempts same-sex couples from divorce laws that require at least one spouse to be a resident. But its courts may not be able to rule on issues such as property and alimony, which Czekala-Chatham is seeking.
Wesley Hisaw (HIGH'-saw) is Czekala-Chatham's lawyer. He says a favorable ruling on his client's case would not allow gay couples to get married in Mississippi.
Similar cases have popped up in the U.S. since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.