In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. Now, ten years later, a couple that was lawfully married there wants to divorce in Florida, where they currently reside together. After months of litigation, a Hillsborough County Judge has ruled that they can NOT lawfully get a divorce in this state because Florida does not recognize the validity of the marriage to begin with.
The Judge's decision is based on a statute (Florida Statute 741.212) that states that Florida does not recognize same-sex marriages for any purpose, even those same-sex marriages that have been recognized in another jurisdiction. Therefore, the Court is without jurisdiction to dissolve a marriage that does not legally exist within this State.
Both sides apparently plan to appeal this decision to a district court of appeals.