Gay Woman’s Missouri Divorce Clears Way for Others
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A southwest Missouri woman hopes her decision to get a divorce will open the door for other couples to end their relationships in a state that doesn’t recognize gay marriage.
Mary Hilsabeck married Lynette Meng in Iowa in 2009 but the two had been separated for two years. Hilsabeck, a Springfield resident who works for the federal government, was repeatedly told there was nothing she could do to end the marriage in Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports her lawyer felt Hilsabeck was put into an impossible situation, but they decided to file for divorce in Greene County to see what would happen. Judge Mark Powell granted to divorce April 1, and the deadline to appeal the case passed last week.
© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MORE LOCAL NEWS:
- Winds Blow Smoke From Forest Fires in Canada into Midwest
- Downtown STL Inc. Gains Support for Streetscape Improvements
- St. Louis’s 4th of July Parade Broadcasted Nationally
- Ill. Marshals on Constant Search for Wanted Persons
- IKEA St. Louis to Open Wednesday, Sept. 30
- 65,000 Ill. Employees Might Miss a Payday Wednesday