Any changes to divorce law should be made carefully, he said."You don't want to make the law too broad," he said. But another issue raised is whether adultery "also encompasses other sexual acts — either between a man and a woman or between two persons of the same sex," the attorney general's office said.Frosh's opinion points out that the plaintiff in a divorce case don't have to prove evidence of the sexual act, but merely that a spouse and paramour had the opportunity.The opinion might seem superfluous, but for those couples struggling in an unfaithful marriage, the opinion is important when it comes to filing for divorce.
The Vermont Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples are entitled to the same benefits and protections as married heterosexual couples.
The decision prompts the state to enact a law in 2000 allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions. Local officials in California, New York, New Mexico and Oregon allow same-sex couples to marry. Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah approve constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
"The same responsibilities that every partner in every married couple has — to be true to each other — that applies to everyone.
And it should apply to everyone fairly."A spokesman for Frosh said the opinion speaks for itself and did not offer further comment. Supreme Court ruled in June that all states must legally recognize marriage between same-sex couples.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that the state constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, making the Bay State the first in the nation to allow same-sex marriage. The Federal Marriage Amendment, which would add language to the U. Constitution banning same-sex marriage nationwide, is introduced in the U. New Jersey enacts a law allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.
Voters in Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin approve constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
The Baltimore Democrat, who sponsored the 2012 legislation that legalized same-sex marriage, said the Family Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, Free State Legal and Equality Maryland had raised the issue."It goes back to an issue of fairness," Clippinger said in an interview Thursday.
"We don't often like to talk about the bad sides of marriage, but having said that, the same rules should apply."He said the opinion applies the responsibilities of marriage equally."It means we're all in the same place," he said.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Maryland since 2013 after voters approved a referendum the year before. In his opinion on the adultery issue, Frosh wrote that the state should "recognize that sexual infidelity is a breach of the marriage vow and causes damage to the marriage, such that the injured party should be allowed to dissolve the marriage more easily than would otherwise be the case."It continued, "Extramarital sexual activity with someone of the same sex is just as damaging to a marriage as sexual activity with someone of the opposite sex."The Maryland Judiciary doesn't track same-sex marriage divorces, a spokeswoman said, but it tracks total divorce filings.