Colorado Recognizes First Gay Divorce
Though gay couples cannot legally be married in Colorado, they can get divorced. On Monday, Juli Yim and Lorelei Jones became the state's first gay couple to get divorced thanks to a recently passed civil unions bill which took effect May 1st. Though the law does not allow marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples in the state, it does recognize gay marriages performed out of state and also has provisions for those unions to be dissolved. According to USA Today,
"Colorado's civil union law...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."
Though the couple in question was married in Massachusetts in 2009, Yim has since found a new partner, Suzie Calvin, in Colorado and has resided in the state long enough to be able to legally seek divorce from the state. Yim has stated that she intends to marry Calvin, a friend of hers since high-school, outside of Colorado's borders now that her divorce with Jones has been finalized. Colorado still has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.