While the journey to legalizing gay marriage was a tough one, it fell to be even more of a struggle, both emotionally and legally, to get a gay marriage divorce. This New York Times author outlines the emotional and legal hardships that were encountered when trying to get a divorce during the twisting times of gay marriage legalization. While a divorce is hard emotionally, it’s even harder when you can’t get a clean split because the laws seem to be against you at every turn.
- In 2008, gay marriage was so new, my wife and I had a hard time finding a lawyer to help us legally join our lives together. In 2013, gay divorce was so new, I had a hard time finding a lawyer to take our marriage apart.
- We fell in love in the ’90s, when getting legally married wasn’t something two women could do. We danced in the streets on May 15, 2008, when the California Supreme Court ruled for gay marriage.
- Twenty-four hours later, Prop 8 did pass, changing the marital status of 18,000 same-sex California couples from “married” to “who knows?” Also unknown: why the happiest day of our life together was one of our last happy days.
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