No ruling from Supreme Court on whether same-sex divorces OK

5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, February 10 2015 Feb 10, 2015 Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:43:00 PM CST February 10, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court says a St. Louis County circuit court judge should not have dismissed a same-sex couple's request for a divorce.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sent the divorce case back but didn't rule on whether judges can grant divorces for same-sex marriages, which are banned in the state constitution.

The case centers on a man identified in court documents as M.S., who married his partner D.S. in Iowa in December 2012 and separated in August 2013.

A judge later denied M.S.'s petition for a divorce in January 2014, citing a statutory ban on same-sex marriages and a ban in the state constitution.

The Supreme Court doesn't address whether that couple should be allowed to divorce, but says a judge should at least consider the case.

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