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Colorado Finalizes Its First Same-Sex Divorce

Colorado, a state where same-sex marriage is not legal, has just finalized its first same-sex divorce.

The Associated Press reports:

Colorado's first recognized same-sex divorce is final.

Supporters of Colorado's civil unions law say the court ruling means gay couples married in other states can legally terminate their relationships here without uprooting their lives.

Juli Yim and Lorelei Jones wed in Massachusetts in 2009, where same-sex marriage is legal.

Yim tells the Fort Collins Coloradoan the relationship went sour and she found a new partner in Colorado.

Colorado is one of several states that treat gay and straight couples the same in almost every respect through civil unions or domestic partnerships. Gay couples are not allowed to marry in Colorado but can get divorced under state statute.

Gay rights advocates say some other states also grant divorces to gay couples who were married elsewhere.


Colorado's civil union law, which took effect May 1, provides legal protections including division of property, financial responsibility between former spouses, parental visitation and child support to splitting couples, provided one involved individual has lived in Colorado for more than 90 days.

The new law prohibits anyone who is married or in a civil union in another state from entering a civil union in Colorado with someone other than their legally recognized spouse.


Interesting development. Does the fact that Colorado recognizes out-of-state same-sex marriages as civil unions that they can then dissolve, set any sort of precedent for same-sex marriages actually being recognized (as marriages) in the state?

We're curious about the ramifications of all of this and how it could also impact other states.


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