First gay divorce finalized in Colorado

DENVER — Colorado’s first recognized same-sex divorce is final.

Supporters of Colorado’s new civil unions law say the court ruling sets a precedent for gay couples married in other states who want to 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 there under state statute.


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I’m confused.  How can you have a divorce if you’re not married?  I know the article explains the law but it makes no sense.  If it’s just a civil union, don’t you just dissolve the contract?  And, if you can have a “divorce” of a civil union, isn’t the next step in this parade allowing homosexuals to “marry?”  (Which isn’t really marriage, but that’s a discussion for another day.)

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