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Case Name Richmond v. Madison County Circuit Clerk PB-AL-0007
Docket / Court docket unknown ( State Court )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Case Summary
In March 2013, a same-sex couple filed an uncontested divorce petition in Madison County, Alabama Circuit Court. The couple, who had married in Iowa in 2012, requested recognition of their out-of-state marriage for the purpose of filing the divorce. Under Alabama law, it was unclear whether the ... read more >
In March 2013, a same-sex couple filed an uncontested divorce petition in Madison County, Alabama Circuit Court. The couple, who had married in Iowa in 2012, requested recognition of their out-of-state marriage for the purpose of filing the divorce. Under Alabama law, it was unclear whether the plaintiffs' out-of-state marriage could be terminated since Alabama did not recognize marriages between same-sex couples.

On March 12, 2014, Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall dismissed the petition, holding that no relief could be granted, "pursuant to the laws of this state."

On February 9, 2015, the orders in Searcy v. Strange, (PB-AL-0005 in this Clearinghouse) and Strawser v. Strange (PB-AL-0010 in this Clearinghouse) took effect: Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage was now illegal, at least according to the federal courts.

In response, the same-sex couple in Richmond filed a new petition for divorce. On March 12, 2015, Judge Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall certified the divorce.

We do not have access to the docket or any documents for this case. The above information comes from: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/litigation/entry/alabama and http://www.al.com.

Nate West - 12/04/2014
David Hamstra - 04/08/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Madison County Circuit Clerk
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs in a same-sex marriage seeking a divorce.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Case Ongoing Yes
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