Port v. Cowan: Out-of-state same-sex marriage was cognizable pursuant to common law doctrine of comity for application of the state’s divorce law.
By Laura Morgan, Family Law Consultant
Port v. Cowan, No. 69, Sept. Term, 2011 (Maryland Court of Appeals, May 18, 2012): Out-of-state same-sex marriage was cognizable in the state pursuant to common law doctrine of comity, for purposes of application of the state’s divorce law.
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