pre-marital divorce...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 02, 2007

Pre-marital divorce could soon be a legal reality in Rhode Island.

The test case involves two women whose partnership was given the legal status of marriage in Massachusetts. Now a court in neighboring Rhode Island is weighing the question of whether they can be divorced in that state, although their marriage is not legally recognized. The question sounds nonsensical, but the answer has important legal ramifications.

We've learned over the past 30+ years that when the law embraces one absurdity (e.g. that a human being inside the womb is not a human being), other absurdities soon follow, as the courts do logical somersaults to protect the original error. If a man can marry a man-- a proposition that every previous generation would have recognized as lunacy-- then what's to prevent a woman from divorcing a man (or another woman, why not!) to whom she was never married.

And why stop there? Why can't you divorce a man you've never met? Here's my advice to ambitious female readers: try to divorce Bill Gates, and see if some addled judge will require alimony payments. File the suit in Massachusetts; the courts there are so confused, you never know...

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 07, 2007 6:52 PM ET USA

    This makes as much sense as waiting for a Papal Encyclical on asexual reproduction in plants, or for a Papal Encyclical allowing women priests.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 03, 2007 6:04 PM ET USA

    To altar person: As a layperson who is presently serving as an Advocate/Procurator for our Diocescan Tribunal, may I assure you that the questions before the Tribunal are never whether there was a "lawful" marriage. All marriages are presumed to be civilly lawful, even the so-called common law variety. The question is whether the marriage in question, Catholic or other, met the Church's definition of sacramental, or whether the Catholic(s) married without the Church's form. AMDG

  • Posted by: - Aug. 03, 2007 12:35 PM ET USA

    In the spirit of the possibility of such a ruling, I hereby abdicate the throne of the Emperor of the United States. May I collect my pension now?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 02, 2007 6:16 PM ET USA

    How long will it take until the general public will see the obvious. Why is everybody so blind? Otto

  • Posted by: - Aug. 02, 2007 6:15 PM ET USA

    Why must we continue to add to the lunacy rather than being resolved to letting the idiocy go unreported? This needs prayer much more than comments--including my own!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 02, 2007 4:40 PM ET USA

    Di, pre-marital divorce is no more absurd than a decree issued by the Church that purports to validate the non-existence of a lawful marriage.