11/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Same-Sex Divorce Against The Law In Indiana

(AP) -- An Indiana judge has turned down a divorce request from two women married in Canada, ruling that state law doesn't give courts the authority to dissolve same-sex marriages.

Larissa Chism and Tara Ranzy lived in Pennsylvania at the time of their 2005 marriage but had since moved to South Bend. Ranzy asked an Indianapolis attorney to handle the divorce that involved no children.

A Marion County court held a hearing on the case after an employee noticed the petition bore two women's names. Marion Superior Court Commissioner Jeffrey Marchal wrote in a Sept. 4 order that it would be logical for the state to permit same-sex divorce since it has chosen to prohibit such marriages.

Divorce attorney Karen Jensen told The Indianapolis Star no decision had been made to appeal.

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