No matter where in United States a person lives, the issue of civil rights hits close to home. Many people limit the subject of civil rights to racial issues, but its reach extends far beyond that. Same-sex marriage and divorce, gender discrimination and age discrimination are all hot-button civil rights issues.
Residents of North Carolina might be interested to learn that officials in a northeastern are currently reviewing a proposal that will allow same-sex couples married in another state to file for divorce in that state.
As of now, Rhode Island does not recognize same-sex marriages. Instead, the state offers gay couples the option of a joining together through a civil union. The House Judiciary Committee within the state is scheduled to hold a hearing that will address the proposal. If the legislation passes, same-sex couples residing in North Carolina would be free to visit Rhode Island in order to file for a divorce.
The proposal is currently facing both support and opposition. Those who oppose the action believe the state should not authorize gay divorce if it will not legally recognize gay marriage. The action's supporters believe same-sex couples living in Rhode Island should not be forced to leave the state to divorce.
The issue of same-sex divorce has captured national attention. It's not uncommon for same-sex couples to require assistance and advocacy when it comes to matters of family law. Couples in North Carolina who find that they are facing these types of family law issues may find benefit in seeking professional counsel to help them resolve their legal issues.
Source: Boston.com, "RI lawmakers mull proposal to allow gay divorce," May 2, 2012