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Oklahoma judge
inadvertently grants divorce to lesbian couple

Oklahoma judge
inadvertently grants divorce to lesbian couple

A Tulsa County, Okla., judge granted a divorce to a same-sex couple on Monday but says he only discovered Thursday that both people involved were women.

The divorce may not be valid since same-sex marriages are not legal in Oklahoma. The filing listed Cait and Stephanie O'Darling by their first initials and last names only. There is no indication on the petition of their gender.

Tulsa County court clerk Sally Howe Smith told the Tulsa World that there is no precedent for the case in Tulsa, but since the state mandates that all marriages are between a man and a woman, the divorce would be null and void.

According to the Pink Panthers Blog, where the story first broke, the pair had a civil union ceremony in Vermont in 2000 and then married in Toronto in 2002. (The Advocate)

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