Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Couple Dispute

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear a civil dispute between a former same-sex couple.

Mona Cates and Elizabeth Swain split in March 2006 after nearly six years together.

Swain sued Cates seeking reimbursement for investments made in property during their partnership, according to court documents.

The case was heard by the Tate County Chancery Court, which ruled partially in Swain's favor and awarded her $44,995 in damages.

The issue was appealed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals, which reversed the lower court's ruling last April. The Supreme Court last November agreed to hear the case but a hearing date has not yet been set.

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