It’s a peculiar thing that in the US at the moment some gay couples have found themselves in the odd situation of being able to get married by going to a state which allows it, but then being unable to divorce.
The reason is normally that while gay marriage states will allow any couple to wed, they only handle the divorces of people who actually live there. If the couple is living in an anti-gay marriage state, most of those jurisdictions will not allow them to divorce, as despite their distaste for same sex couples getting wed, they view permitting the divorce as tacitly ackowledging that the state sees the initial marriage as being valid.
The short satire Wedlocked wants to take a look at this, with director Puppett (yes, that’s the name) commenting, “Wedlocked is a very personal story for me. I was engaged in early 2012, and my fiancé tried to convince me to elope with her in NYC, since New York had legalized gay marriage the year before. After our breakup in early 2013, I realized that had we eloped, we would have been stuck and unable to divorce until gay marriage was (re)legalized in California. Like many LGBT couples, I hadn’t considered all of the implications of getting married in a state where gay marriage was legal while living in a state where it was not.”
The film itself is described as ‘a farcical comedy that takes on the ridiculous laws governing gay divorce… Sydney and Cameron are a happily engaged couple looking forward to their big day. There’s one obstacle…Sydney is still married to Lisa and as their home state won’t recognize their marriage, a divorce is impossible! So let’s jump through all of the crazy legal hoops together with Sydney and Cameron and help bring attention to the (brand new) question…Are You Married Enough (To Get Divorced)?’
The short comes with a script by Guinevere Turner, writer of the classic Go Fish. However to get it made, it’s seeking $30,000 on Seed and Spark, and while it’s nearly at that target, it still needs you help. You can take a look at the pitch video below, and if you like what you see, head over to the crowdfunding page to help out.