POSTED: 5:21 a.m. HST, May 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. >> Maryland's highest court has ruled that same-sex couples can divorce in the state even though Maryland doesn't permit same-sex marriages.
The Court of Appeals issued the ruling Friday that couples who have a valid marriage from another state can divorce in Maryland.
The ruling says Maryland courts should withhold recognition of a valid foreign marriage only if that marriage is "repugnant" to state public policy. The court says the threshold is a high bar that has not been met in the case that it ruled on.
The case involved two women who were married in California and denied a divorce in 2010 by a Maryland judge.
Lawyers for the women told the Court of Appeals that is would be unprecedented for the state not to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere