Gay divorce is inevitable, says US politician
Gay couples living in Colorado have filed seven divorce petitions since the US state recognised same sex civil unions in May.
“You can’t have one without the other. With the recognition of civil unions come the rights and responsibilities to the family, regardless of what happens to the relationship.”
The state introduced legislation recognising civil unions between same sex couples in March and the law came into force on May 1. The legislation provides a range of legal protection for such couples in the event of divorce, including maintenance (spousal support, access to children and fair distribution of property and assets.
Ferrandino told the Associated Press;
“Every relationship doesn’t always last. It’s important to have a process to resolve ending of a relationship, especially when kids are involved. Prior to civil unions, depending on the judge and the documents you had, there really wasn’t a very orderly process. This provides for a very orderly separation with more legal certainties.”
Gay marriages conducted in other states are recognised as civil unions within Colorado and can be dissolved under the new legislation.
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