It may be the first of its kind in North Dakota.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has been asked for a formal opinion involving North Dakota’s marriage and divorce laws.

The request comes from Burleigh County. The County Recorder received a request from someone wanting a marriage license. That individual had been in a same-sex marriage in a state that recognizes those marriages. The parties in that marriage separated – but did NOT divorce. Now, the individual wants a North Dakota marriage license to wed someone of the opposite sex.

US Marriages and Divorce Clash with Other Cultures

Apr 10, 2013

US Marriage and Divorce Clash with Values of Other Cultures


This is a part of the series, “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen. At 50 percent, the United States has the highest rate of divorce in the world. As immigrants adjust to new life in America, they must also adapt to how marriage is viewed here verses back home. Some may hold onto ancestral traditions.