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December 2, 2017

First Man To Have His Same Sex Marriage Recognized Also His Divorce//Died of an OD

Wayne Hincks 2013
An architect who was the first Britain to have a same-sex marriage legally recognized died after overdosing on a gay sex drug when they broke up, an inquest has heard.
Wayne Hincks, 48, had taken a lethal dose of GHB as well as another drug after his relationship with former partner Gerardo Gallardo broke down, the court heard.
They underwent a civil partnership ceremony at Hackney Town Hall in east London 2009 and moved to Toronto.
But when their relationship broke down, Mr Hincks sought a divorce due to him being entitled to half their assets as a married couple.
It was following his two year legal battle that a senior judge in Canada ruled that it would be “impermissible discrimination” not to view them as married and claimed that the distinction in UK law between civil partnerships and marriage “violates human dignity”.
Mr Hincks returned to London when they split up.
He was found dead at his luxury canalside apartment in Hoxton on May 15 this year after taking an overdose, an inquest heard.
Mr Hincks, who held both Canadian and British passports, was found by a colleague when he failed to turn up for work.
Mr Gallardo only came to be aware of his former partner's death just 24 hours before the inquest began on Tuesday.
Mr Hincks, who worked at Camden-based architects Dexter and Moren Associates, had been rushed to hospital in similar circumstances four months earlier but his housemate, who later moved out, rushed him to hospital, saving his life.
In her evidence read out by Assistant Coroner Jacqueline Devonish, Wayne's colleague and friend Kate Sandle said: "Wayne started working at Dexter Moren in 2016 and he had an ongoing lung problem and he had collapsed before in late January early February where he nearly died.
"During this time he had a room mate living with him who took him to hospital.
"I last saw Wayne at work and he seemed fine."
Assistant Coroner Devonish ruled his death was caused by a GHB overdose and gave a conclusion of a drug related death.
A spokesman for Dexter Moren Associates said: "Wayne's sunny outlook and cheerful personality will be greatly missed along with his enthusiasm and dedication to his career in architecture."
Telegraph UK  {By (Randy Boswell) {{2013}}
An Ontario judge has controversially ruled that two Canadian men should be considered married in this country as a result of their 2009 “civil partnership” ceremony in Britain.Monday’s decision in the case by Ontario Superior Court Justice Ruth Mesbur, which showcased conflicting stands on the issue from the Ontario and federal governments, is being hailed in the U.K. as a step forward in the push for full, Canadian-style gay marriages rather than the more limited civil unions for same-sex couples currently permitted under British law.For 44-year-old architect Wayne Hincks, who went to court following the deterioration of his relationship with Toronto architect Gerardo Gallardo, the ruling strengthens his bid to obtain financial support from his former partner as an ex-“spouse” under Ontario law.“I’ve spent $50,000 to get to this point,” Hincks told Postmedia News on Friday from London, England. “And the point I’ve gotten to is having exactly the same rights as any other same-sex or married citizen in Canada.”Hincks and Gallardo met in Britain in August 2009 and were formally joined a few months later in a civil partnership — a form of union that encompasses virtually all of the same rights and responsibilities as a heterosexual marriage in the U.K., but is (contentiously) not called a “marriage.”According to an account of the relationship contained in the court decision, Hincks soon gave up his job in Britain and moved to Canada with Gallardo, who owned an architecture business in Toronto. They shared a home, but the relationship faltered and the two eventually split.Hincks sought a financial settlement, but has so far been denied that because — under Canadian law — the estranged couple’s civil partnership was not considered a marriage, and Hincks was not formally entitled to the full benefits of a legal “spouse.”Hincks launched a court challenge, winning support for his cause from the gay-rights organization Egale Canada and Randall Garrison, the NDP’s critic for gay and lesbian issues.In October 2011, citing the Toronto couple’s legal fight over spousal rights, Garrison challenged Justice Minister Rob Nicholson in the House of Commons over the federal government’s intervention in the case against Hincks, accusing the Conservatives of reopening the debate over gay marriage.“We have been very clear that we are not reopening the issue, but it is a legal dispute over definitions,” Nicholson responded at the time. “As the matter is before the court, I look forward to the decision of the court.”The Ontario government intervened in the case on Hincks’ behalf, arguing that he should be treated in the divorce settlement with all of the rights available to a legally married spouse under the provincial Family Law Act.

August 6, 2017

Australian Couples Married Overseas Are Not Allowed to Get Divorced

Australian laws barring same-sex couples who married overseas from being able to get a divorce are in violation of international human rights law, a United Nations committee has declared.

In a decision handed down in March and published on August 3, the UN Human Rights Committee found in favour of Australian university lecturer Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, who married a woman in Canada in 2004 but has been unable to get divorced since the couple split up about 13 years ago.

The ruling is a significant one for Australia, where a robust debate on same-sex marriage continues to rage among politicians, against the backdrop of clear majority support for same-sex marriage in the community.

As same-sex marriage is not legal in Australia, Campbell's 2004 marriage is not officially recognised as a marriage and therefore can't be subject to Australian divorce proceedings. But in order to get a divorce in Canada, you have to have lived there for a year.

Several Australian same-sex couples have been left unable to divorce after marrying in New Zealand, Canada, and the UK.

The UN committee found that Australia's laws banning foreign same-sex marriages from being recognised mean Campbell has no mechanism by which to get a divorce.

It rejected Australia's argument as to why some foreign marriages were recognised for the purposes of divorce and why same-sex ones were not as "not persuasive".

"In the absence of more convincing explanations from the State party, the Committee considers that the differentiation of treatment based on her sexual orientation to which the author is subjected regarding access to divorce proceedings is not based on reasonable and objective criteria and therefore constitutes discrimination under article 26 of the [International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights]," the decision read.

Three people on the 17-person committee wrote dissenting reports.

Campbell, who first took the complaint to the UN in 2012, told BuzzFeed News she was "thrilled" with the decision and that it had been a "long time coming".

"For me it represents a significant decision not just in terms of LGBTI law in Australia but I think some of the shifts and changes internationally," she said.

"The committee has agreed that I am unable to access the remedy of divorce which actually causes me harm and humiliation," she said.

"[The problem] really came to a head when I was doing a lot of travelling for work… when you go through immigration, having to declare your marital status, you’re wondering whether your marriage was recognised in a particular country or whether it wasn’t."

Campbell moved to Scotland in recent months, but has been following the Australian debate on same-sex marriage.

"For me, it’s the final nail in the coffin for same-sex marriage prohibition," she said.

"As an Australian living in Scotland, it’s really interesting observing Australia from afar. All around us, in Europe, in Taiwan, so many countries have legalised marriage equality — and Australia looks foolish. It’s really out of step."

The UN committee directed Australia to respond to the ruling in 180 days. It noted that Australia is obliged under the Covenant to provide a remedy to Campbell and to take steps to prevent future occurrences, but the decision is not actually binding on Australian law.

The decision comes at a crucial moment in Australia's same-sex marriage debate. On Monday at 4pm, the Liberal party, which is currently in a coalition government with the Nationals, will have a party room meeting on whether it should allow a free vote in the parliament on the issue or continue with its current policy of a national plebiscite.

The plebiscite policy was previously voted down in Australia's upper house and is broadly opposed by pro same-sex marriage advocacy groups.

Spokesperson for the LGBTI rights group just.equal, Rodney Croome, said the UN decision showed Australia's laws pertaining to LGBTI people are an "international embarrassment".

"By highlighting the serious human rights implications of marriage equality, this decision is another reason why a plebiscite or postal vote is not the right way to deal with the issue," he said.

Earlier this year, the same UN committee ruled that Australian laws barring married transgender people from changing the legal sex on their birth certificate were also in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Lane Sainty

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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March 28, 2016

Mi6 Spy Exposed by Wife as Gay over Scandal

River Thames and the Mi6 building at Vauxhall Cross
River Thames and the Mi6 building at Vauxhall Cross   
By , Investigations Editor

A spy has been exposed by his wife over a gay sex scandal, The Telegraph can disclose. 
The case was raised in a military divorce heard in court recently, involving an intelligence officer in an Army unit that targets al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). 

The scandal emerged after the officer’s wife discovered he was having one-off sexual liaisons with men he met near his Army base and close to the headquarters of MI6 in south London. 
The woman is divorcing him but reported his activities to military commanders as she feared he had broken his security clearance and would be vulnerable to blackmail by hostile intelligence services. 
The agent has taken part in intelligence-gathering operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and has received a military decoration from the Queen. 
He is a leading expert in identifying “high-value targets” – key players in terrorist organisations who might be targeted for surveillance and could become double agents. 
It is understood that the officer, whom The Telegraph has chosen not to name, had access to classified material as part of his job. In the course of some of his roles, he has interrogated intelligence targets. British spy agencies take great care to protect the identities of their staff. However, in a preliminary hearing at a family court last year, a barrister for the officer told the court he was “a spook” and an agent handler, according to an official transcript of the case. 
When approached by The Telegraph, the man’s wife said she had reported his alleged gay liaisons to his military bosses because she feared he had “put himself at risk of blackmail”. She said her husband had admitted one-off liaisons with several men. “When I found out what he had been doing my world fell apart,” she said. 
This newspaper has seen military correspondence in which the woman raises concerns about Developed Vetting (DV), a security procedure designed to alert intelligence agencies to issues with the private lives of their staff which could make them vulnerable to blackmail. 
The wife said: “DV is not fit for purpose any more. It’s an honesty box system that doesn’t work. I found out what my husband was doing very easily. Imagine what trained people could do with this information.” 
A couple of years into their marriage, her suspicions were aroused when she discovered pornography on her husband’s mobile phone and evidence that he had been using gay dating websites.

When she challenged him during a phone call while he was stationed abroad, he admitted that he had engaged in casual sex with men he had met near where he was working. 
She said she was concerned that no one from the Armed Forces had asked her to provide the details: “I find it very odd that they haven’t asked me for any information.” The woman feels she has been treated unfairly. 
The spy is understood to have worked in the Army for many years and is thought to have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. 
It is understood that he is viewed as a “higher trained intelligence officer” who has experience of working with both “willing and unwilling subjects”. 
An Army spokesman said it did not comment on individuals, but added that it takes “the welfare of its personnel extremely seriously and has provided appropriate support to the soldier and his family”. 
MI6 sources stressed that the individual did not work for the intelligence services

May 5, 2014

!st Episcopal Gay Bishop Gene Robinson to Divorce

1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.
Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.
Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew "for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade."
"It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples," Robinson wrote. "All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of 'til death do us part. But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us."
Robinson declined to comment further Sunday to The Associated Press.
Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which is rooted in the Church of England and represented in the United States by the Episcopal Church.
The bishop endured death threats during his 2003 consecration and intense scrutiny of his personal life, and in 2006, he sought treatment for alcoholism. His election prompted some Episcopal dioceses and parishes to break away and establish the Anglican Church in North America with other theological conservatives overseas. Robinson was barred in 2008 by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams from the Lambeth Conference, the once-a-decade global meeting of all Anglican bishops, as Williams struggled to find a way to keep Anglicans united.
But Robinson was also widely celebrated as a pioneer for gay rights, became an advocate for gay marriage and was the subject of several books and a documentary about Christianity, the Bible and same-sex relationships. He delivered the benediction at the opening 2009 inaugural event for President Barack Obama and, after retirement, became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank with close ties to the White House.
Robinson, 66, had been married to a woman and had two children before he and his wife divorced. He and Andrew had been partners for more than a decade when Robinson was elected to lead the New Hampshire Diocese. The two men were joined in a 2008 civil union in New Hampshire, which became a legal marriage when the state recognized gay marriage two years later.
"My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time, and will continue to love even as we separate," Robinson wrote. "Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot."
A spokeswoman for Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori referred requests for comment to the Diocese of New Hampshire. A spokeswoman for current New Hampshire Bishop Rob Hirschfeld cited an email he sent to local clergy and wardens urging prayer for Robinson and Andrew.
Robert Lundy, a spokesman for the American Anglican Council, a fellowship for theological conservatives, said the argument against gay marriage is based on the Bible and will not be helped or hurt by the dissolution of any one marriage.
"The teaching of the Bible and the Anglican Communion is very clear that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life," Lundy said in a phone interview.
The Rev. Susan Russell, an Episcopal gay rights leader in the Diocese of Los Angeles who preached at Robinson and Andrew's union, said the end of the men's marriage was tragic, but Robinson would remain an "icon of a faithful Christian man living out his vocation, not by his choice, but by his placement in history."
"Of course, he'll get some slings and arrows," Russell said in a phone interview. “But the paradigm has shifted so dramatically that people more and more get that our marriages are no different than anyone else's marriages, and that includes the reality that some of them fail, no matter our dreams and hopes."

April 16, 2014

Johnny Weir’s Husband Demands Apology, Weir Shows Pre-Nuptial

Peace...with stipulations: Victor Voronov recently demanded a public apology from Johnny Weir as part of the couple's reconciliation and now Weir has hit back with a very specific and explicit, 5-page 'post-nup' agreement

Johnny Weir's ugly public breakup with husband Victor Voronov has become an equally out-there reconciliation.
The flashy figure skater has fired back at Voronov's demands for a public apology with a bizarre and explicit post-nuptial agreement, reports TMZ.
The 5-page document includes a list of no-no's like extramarital sexting and mutual masturbation, denies each the right to be 'in close range' of any exes and requires bi-yearly STD tests from both parties.
  point claimed his figure skater husb  
Olympic favorite: Weir was a hit as he commentated on the Sochi Olympics with Tara Lipinski earlier this year - but he has said that behind the scenes he was struggling with his demanding husband
He added that their fights involved wrestling - and that it sometimes got out of control, including the incident in which he bit Voronov, who called the police.

A picture of the alleged bite appeared on TMZ and shows a deep gash on a man's forearm.
Weir officially came out as gay in his memoir Welcome to My World in 2011, citing a recent string of gay suicides as his reason to be open about his sexuality.
On New Year’s Eve that year, he married Voronov.

But in February, he told Access Hollywood that the relationship could be fiery.
'A marriage between two guys is different than what I imagine a marriage between a man and a woman [to be],' he said. 'I mean, we're both constantly trying to fight to wear the pants in the relationship. It's constant fireworks. It’s very boom, boom, boom.’ 

A section about 'ultimatums' in the relationship ends with a loophole for the champion skater.
'If I give you one more day to get your bank records to me,' it reads. ‘Then I want to have a free f*** of anyone I want.'

The nasty divorce battle had been publicly escalating since February.
Johnny was reportedly set to move back into their home over the weekend, but only if the figure skater agreed to publicly apologize to Voronov, TMZ reported.
Voronov’s agreement also stipulates that Weir's mother Pamela must stay out of the couple's private life and personal finances.

According to the report, Weir was planning to move back into their home as early as Monday but the couple were seen bickering over their own reconciliation agreement, which likely gave the skater the idea for his own legally binding document.

Weir filed for divorce from Voronov, whom he married at the end of 2011 after just months of dating, in February while working as a commentator for NBC at the Sochi Olympics. 

The split sparked a series of bitter digs - from Weir claiming Voronov destroyed his beloved Birkin bags, and Voronov claiming his ex sent text messages to gay porn star Michael Lucas and engaged in threesomes.
Voronov accused his estranged husband of sending a ‘hateful' and 'disgusting' email and filed court papers saying Weir had violated a temporary restraining order by sending the email.

‘Johnny sent Victor a disgusting, hateful email which violated the no contact order as part of the temporary restraining order he got last week,' a source told Radar. 
Voronov had the restraining order put in place after an incident on March 5 in which Weir allegedly hit him on the arm and threw a wooden Russian doll at him.
'So on Monday, Victor filed a police report with cops in Rutherford, New Jersey,' the source added. 'Johnny could be in very serious legal trouble if the judge finds him in contempt for violating terms of the temporary restraining order.'
Voronov, 29, claims Weir committed multiple acts of adultery - including an affair with an unidentified Chicago club owner. He also says Weir is holding their dog Tema hostage.

Nasty divorce: Weir, pictured naked on his show Be Good Johnny Weir, was accused by Vornonov of sending  nude photos and steamy messages to men online, and his husband also has nude images of him 
Nasty divorce: Weir said he was not concerned about his ex sharing naked images of him following the split. He claimed Voronov physically and emotionally abused him 
In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Voronov alleges Weir forced him out of the closet and that he married him because his life with a Georgetown-educated lawyer would make compelling reality TV.
In addition to the allegations of adultery and cruelty, Voronov is also requesting a judge to force Weir to return property the lawyer claims the Olympian took from him.
These include 20 furs - including a $125,000 coat made from sable - a crocodile Celine bag, 40 Balenciaga bags, one green and one orange Hermes Birkin and 12 Chanel bags.
The source also added that Weir 'categorically denies' the adultery allegations.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Weir made his own swipes at his ex, claiming his non-practicing attorney husband was often abusive towards him and relied on his money.
He claimed he was struggling with a ‘personal hell' of an emotionally and physically abusive partner.

'Sochi was one of the hardest times in my life,' he said. 'When I was on the broadcasting, I escaped my own personal hell that I was living in.
'My husband was behaving very erratically. The majority of the time off camera I was in tears. I was on the phone. I was fighting. I was not in a good place.’ 

He added that their fights involved wrestling - and that it sometimes got out of control, including the incident in which he bit Voronov, who called the police.
A picture of the alleged bite appeared on TMZ and shows a deep gash on a man's forearm.
Weir officially came out as gay in his memoir Welcome to My World in 2011, citing a recent string of gay suicides as his reason to be open about his sexuality.
On New Year's Eve that year, he married Voronov.
But in February, he told Access Hollywood that the relationship could be fiery.
'A marriage between two guys is different than what I imagine a marriage between a man and a woman [to be],' he said. 'I mean, we're both constantly trying to fight to wear the pants in the relationship. It's constant fireworks. It's very boom, boom, boom.' 

March 23, 2014

Olympic Skater Johnny Weir Splits With His husband/Twin

Johnny Weir and husband separate

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has announced that he and his husband, Victor Voronov, have split.
Weir, 29, an NBC commentator during the Sochi Winter Olympics, broke the news on Twitter Wednesday.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that my husband and I are no longer together. My heart hurts, and I wish him well," he wrote.

"I have been sad for a long time," Weir later expanded in a statement (via RadarOnline). "And unfortunately don’t foresee a way to resolve our current marital issues."
E! News reported that Weir posted a tweet, which was promptly removed earlier Tuesday, hinting at the news.
"A sad announcement is coming soon, and the only people I wish to speak with are @TheEllenShow and @Oprah," he is said to have written.
The stylish skater wed Voronov, a lawyer, during a small civil ceremony in New York in 2011 on New Year's Eve. Weir recently said that his husband had been out for only a month before their wedding.
The figure skater, who has won three U.S. national championships, spoke openly about his marriage with Access Hollywood just last month.

"A marriage between two guys is different than what I imagine a marriage between a man and a woman [to be]," he said. "I mean, we're both constantly trying to fight to wear the pants in the relationship. ... It's constant fireworks. It's very boom, boom, boom."
Before this year's Olympics, the couple reportedly had a domestic violence dispute in January that resulted in Voronov filing a police report alleging that Weir bit him during an altercation, Radar reported. The saga played out earlier this month when the couple appeared in New Jersey court together and requested that the Lyndhurst Municipal Court judge dismiss the case. It was dismissed on March 5.
It is unclear if the couple will remain separated or will begin divorce proceedings. 
  (Craig Barritt / Getty Images for Jaguar)

July 19, 2013

Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff at Splittville

Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff, June 2012 (Splash News)Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff have called it quits as a couple, several outlets report, although they apparently have been dunzo for a while now.
The "Star Trek Into Darkness" star and the "Glee" guest actor broke up last spring, according to Gossip Cop and Us Weekly. While both outlets report that they remain good friends, Perez Hilton claims that things did "not end well." The couple reportedly started dating in early 2012.
Us Weekly points out that it was distance that put a strain on the relationship. "Zach being away and filming was not easy on them," a source tells the mag. "Now he's going to be in New York with his new play ['The Glass Menagerie']. They really loved each other, so it wasn't an easy split."
As mentioned, the thespians are on friendly terms. According to, Quinto went to see Groff perform recently on stage (Groff appeared this spring in L.A. Theatre Works's production of the play "Red," as well as a one-night only benefit performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" in NYC on June 10).
But the couple hasn't been photographed together since back in February, when they were seen out walking their dogs together in Boston. Quinto was snapped walking the pups with a mystery man in NYC in early June.
It's been a tough week for Groff, who is best friends with "Glee" star Lea Michele. He reportedly flew immediately to be by her side in the wake of her boyfriend Cory Monteith's death on Saturday. Groff — who was also friends with Monteith — and Michele met when they co-starred on Broadway together in 2006's "Spring Awakenings." He was previously romantically linked to Broadway star Gavin Creel.
Groff is currently in production on "Glee" showrunner Ryan Murphy's film version of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart." Next, he'll be shooting a new series for HBO about the contemporary gay male experience living in San Francisco (which some have called "the gay 'Girls'"), in which he plays a video game designer who's looking for love on OKCupid. He recently gave an extended interview to the San Francisco Chronicle talking about his upcoming projects.
This was the first significant gay relationship for Quinto since he came out of the closet in October 2011. The actor acknowledged in a blog post on his personal website that he was motivated to do so by the suicide of teen Jamey Rodemeyer. "In light of jamey's death," he wrote, "It became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it - is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality."
Omg! reached out to reps for both actors about their breakup. Groff's rep has "no comment" and Quinto's rep has not yet replied as of publication.
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May 13, 2013

As We Get Married Some Will get Divorce-How Expensive is it?

Getting the right to marry is a civil, human right. I ask my self why is it that in something so clear to me as sex and living with somebody when there is property, children, involved is not a human right? Why is it that for those who don’t see the correlation on human rights  includes having sex. Procreation or not.
  The same religions that would lie about that as they lie about so many other things including child sexual abuse, have a problem with the procreation part. Have a bigger problem with the same part as that not being a human right.  On the sex part is not only a human right is part of a bodily function that is to be performed in private.Common sense tells us that sex is part is what a human person does if capable of doing, like talking and walking. I know, same sex is the problem not sex. That is reserved for some people that most be more human that others. Public people saying the opposite need to be call on it!
Getting the human right to marry for LGTB is been both tooth pulling and an appendix fix through the ear. But we are on the way there without doubt. Just like with sex there are other negatives attacks to to it witch I think you can imagine so does same sex marriage. A lot of people in relationships wants it. Yes, there are people that have waited all their lives to get married but then others who  just don’t want to miss the boat on something historical. After California gave it and then it was taken away. Regardless of what happens at the Supreme Court presently are people that got married and people not allowed to. Talk about the fairness of our laws and the humanity of it.
One of the negatives of Getting married for any couple that has not gotten to know their partner well is divorce. Divorce is a failure but so is being in a bad relationship and between the two getting out a mistake wins out any time. The problem that there is that, yes there is same sex divorce but like any ‘new’ practice, in this case divorce you're going to have fewer lawyers doing it.  Fewer competition means higher prices.  So how expensive it it? Also keep in mind if there are children and property involved:

Jim Duke, founder of the Guide for Gay Men and a life coach who helps men with issues like divorce. "The current legal structure leaves massive holes that straight couples do not face."
Duke entered a domestic partnership in California in 2001, but eight years later he and his partner divorced. He ended up paying $12,000 in legal fees for a simple 50-50 split of property and assets.
Christina Fuentes and her partner decided not to dissolve their civil union after realizing it was going to cost at least $6,000 -- even though the only property they would need to divide was their furniture. Instead, they waited two years, until Fuentes got a full-time job, to start the separation process.
"The lawyer fees were [high], because this is a new type of law and basically lawyers have to figure out how to charge and how to negotiate with the other side," she said.
For an out-of-court settlement in states where same-sex marriage isn't recognized, a same-sex divorce typically costs around $20,000, versus $10,000 for an opposite-sex couple, said Randall Kessler, a partner at Kessler & Solomiany Family Law Attorneys in Atlanta.
And the costs go up exponentially when children are involved. Even though a divorce typically can't be brought to court in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage, custody issues can -- resulting in court fees on top of the lawyer fees the couple is already paying to resolve property issues outside of court.
Same-sex couples who negotiate property division on their own but bring the custody issue to court are usually looking at $40,000, compared to $20,000 for opposite-sex couples, Kessler said. And a long, drawn-out court battle over custody could lead costs to jump to $100,000 or more for a same-sex couple, twice what it costs for an opposite-sex couple.
Many same-sex couples face extra custody costs even in states where same-sex marriage is recognized.
Andrea Friedman, an associate at Sari M. Friedman in New York, is representing a client who is battling for custody of her child. But since the client isn't the biological mother -- her wife carried the child -- her legal standing to argue for custody is in question, and an appeal has been filed against her.
"An appeal can be very costly, so on top of the cost to get divorce, the fight over custody adds more legal work on top of it and can really complicate things," said Friedman.
Other attorneys say same-sex divorces cost the same amount as opposite-sex divorces in states where same-sex marriage is recognized -- and are sometimes even cheaper because the marriages are usually very short given how recently the laws have taken effect.
No matter what state they're in, same-sex partners can still be subject to a federal gift tax when they transfer property or assets worth more than $14,000 to one another in a divorce. Opposite-sex married couples don't have to pay this tax when dividing assets.
Those prices will come down so it’s better at this time to get counsel and try to get that relationship going instead of going to the lawyer. 
Adam Gonzalez

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