INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man who married his same-sex partner in
Massachusetts is testing his home state's legal boundaries, having filed a
divorce petition there despite the state's refusal to recognize such
Donald Schultz Lee doesn't meet the residency requirement for a divorce in
Massachusetts, so his attorney filed his petition to divorce Justin
Schultz Lee with the Marion County clerk's office in Indianapolis.
Clerk Beth White told WISH-TV that last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling
on the Defense of Marriage Act is likely to "create some situations I
think all around the state of Indiana that many of us are not used to
Indiana courts have already ruled that the state doesn't recognize
same-sex divorce. State law defines marriage as a union between a man and
a woman, and lawmakers are expected to push next year to write that ban
into the Indiana constitution.
Kathy Harmon, the attorney for Donald Schultz Lee, said laws need to
change in Indiana or Massachusetts in order for her client to dissolve his
"If we're successful, my client gets a divorce, which is what he's
seeking," Harmon said. "If that makes new law, then that makes new law."
Harmon said she expects Judge David Shaheed to reject the divorce petition
but plans to appeal if that happens.
Donald Schultz Lee said he doesn't want to be a pioneer and simply wants
to end his marriage.
"Unfortunately, my marriage didn't work out," he said. "That happens, and
I'm just proceeding with my life the way anyone would."