Lesbian couple married in Mass. seeks annulment in Mo.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - A lesbian married in Massachusetts has filed for an annulment from her partner in Missouri, a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Charisse Y. Sparks went to the 5th Circuit Judicial Court in October asking for an annulment to her marriage with Janet Y. Peters-Mauceri-Sparks. The two women were married in Boston three years ago, less than a year after Massachusetts became the first - and only - state to legalized same-sex unions.
Judge Daniel Kellogg said he has taken the matter into consideration and is treating it as an annulment, not a divorce. He has scheduled a hearing for April 2.
The case could have future ramifications, possibly setting a precedent for same-sex cases in Missouri. The state overwhelmingly voted four years ago to limit marriage to unions between one man and one woman.
It’s not the first time a gay couple has tried to dissolve a marriage performed in another state.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled in December that a lesbian couple married in nearby Massachusetts could not get a divorce in their home state.
The Rhode Island court said the state’s family court does not have the authority to grant the divorce of same-sex couples because Rhode Island lawmakers have not defined marriage as anything other than a union between a man and a woman.