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Divorce granted to Mississippi same-sex couple after appeals

By JEFF AMY
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi state court has granted the first divorce to a same-sex couple, after appeals and a wait of more than two years.

Lauren Czekala-Chatham (chik-AH'-luh CHAT'-uhm) and her lawyer said DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ended her marriage to Dana Ann Melancon (muh-LAHN'-sahn) on Tuesday.

The move comes a month after the Mississippi Supreme Court cleared the way for Lundy to act after the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Carey Varnado is Czekala-Chatham's lawyer. Varnado says Lundy signed the ruling in chambers. In 2013, Lundy ruled the Mississippi Constitution and state law didn't recognize the couple's 2008 marriage in California, and thus he couldn't dissolve it.

Democratic Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood stopped opposing the divorce after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling.

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