Same-Sex Couple Still Fighting For Legal Divorce

By Chris Smurr - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

July 19, 2014 Updated Jul 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – With same-sex couples recently being able to marry in Indiana comes the reality of same-sex divorce.

Michael Wetli of Fort Wayne has been seeking an amicable separation from his partner since May, however, he can't get a divorce due to Indiana’s laws.

Welti married his partner in Iowa in January 2013, where same-sex marriage is allowed.

But, Welti says the separation should be handled no differently than it would be for a straight couple, and says he and his partner are being discriminated against.

"We had a cut and dry divorce and any straight couple that would have gone through this divorce would have been able to get this divorce granted. There was no property involved, there were no children involved, everything was already divided up as far as anything like that was concerned. We both are just asking for an amicable divorce,” said Welti.

Wetli's lawyer says the easiest and cheapest way to get a legal separation would be to move back to Iowa, but both he and his partner would have to re-establish residency there for a year before filing for divorce.




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