Dallas man files for divorce from husband

Jan. 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM
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DALLAS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An unidentified Dallas man says he has filed for divorce from his husband, citing "discord or conflict of personalities" as the reason for the same-sex split.

The divorce petitioner, who is being represented by attorney Peter Schulte, has asked a state district court in Dallas to void his 2006 marriage that took place in Cambridge, Mass., The Dallas Morning News said Friday.

"Personal things could happen to us that wouldn't happen to other people," the man, who asked that he and his partner remain anonymous, said Thursday. "My company has an extremely low tolerance for publicity."

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement that Texas law would forbid such a divorce from taking place given the men took part in a same-sex union outside the state. Texas law details a marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

"Because the parties' Massachusetts-issued arrangement is not a marriage under Texas law, they are asking a Texas court to recognize -- and dissolve -- something that does not legally exist," Abbott said.

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