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Same-sex couple in Mississippi goes to court to seek divorce

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By JACK ELLIOTT JR.
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce.

Hood sided Thursday with a similar request filed by the attorney for Lauren Czekala-Chatham (chick AH' luh-CHAT' um), who argued a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other states.

That was key to Chatham's arguments as she seeks a divorce from Dana Ann Melancon (muh LAWN' sawn). They were married in California in 2008.

The Mississippi Supreme Court has not ruled on either motion.

In 2013, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ruled that the Mississippi Constitution and statutes prevented him from granting a divorce to the couple.

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