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March 1, 2014

State laws currently require transgender people to divorce their spouse before updated birth certificate can be issued

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi are expected to introduce a private member's bill to the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday so that transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without them having to divorce their spouses.

February 17, 2014

Just over 1 percent of same-sex civil unions have been dissolved in the six years that they have been available to gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory

Only 1.1% of same-sex couples in civil unions in the Australian Capital Territory have divorced in the past 6 years – a far lower figure than the number of heterosexual divorces.

Only 9 same-sex couples have sought to have their civil unions annulled since civil unions became available to them in the territory in May of 2008.

In that time there have been 799 civil unions and 8,711 heterosexual marriages recognized in the Australian Capital Territory.

January 8, 2014

Lara Embry to get less in spousal support than what she was asking for

Jane Lynch and former wife Lara Embry have settled their divorce and it won't be making as big a dent in the Glee star's pocket book as it could have.

Embry will be getting far less than the nearly $94,000 in monthly spousal support she had requested in order to keep living in the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed, according to TMZ.com.

The exact figure Embry will be getting was not disclosed.

January 3, 2014

A lesbian couple filing for divorce highlights the need for comprehensive changes in all states’ official proceedings once they legalize gay marriage

Two weeks after Hawaii legalized gay marriage, a lesbian couple filed for divorce.

Divorce attorney Gavin Doi told KHON 2 local news he received a call last month from a lesbian couple who wished to end their partnership.

The couple lives in Hawaii but married on the mainland in 2012.

December 10, 2013

A Tel Aviv Family Court has ended the same-sex marriage of two Israelis for only the second time in the country’s history – though it stopped short of recognizing that the marriage had existed

Tel Aviv Family Court Judge Naftali Shilo annulled a same-sex couple’s overeas marriage on Monday – the second time a same-sex married couple have been allowed to divorce in Israel - though he avoided setting a precedent.

Shilo declared the unnamed couple divorced but did so in such a way as to avoid recognizing them as being any way married in Israel.

November 3, 2013

Alysha and Rebecca Sue Romero married in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal, but face difficulties separating as Kentucky refuses to recognize their marriage

A lesbian couple in Kentucky are attempting the state's first gay divorce.

 

Alysha and Rebecca Sue Romero married in Boston, Massachusetts in December 2009, but seperated in September this year. They filed for divorce on 25 October.

 

October 30, 2013

The two women, who were originally married in the US, separated and remarried in Europe to avoid legal pitfalls

The first gay couple in France have divorced.

Six months after France celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage, the state has apparently received its first divorce papers.

Two young women, who have asked not to be named, were originally married in the United States in 2011 and had their marriage officially recognized by France during the summer of 2013.

According to France TV, the couple’s lawyer Rémy Rubaudo filed for divorce on the joint behalf of the couple earlier this month.

September 13, 2013

Couple split six weeks after twins conceived via surrogate

David Tutera, host of the TV show My Fair Wedding, and his ex-husband have resolved a nasty custody battle over their infant twins: each will get one to raise.

The fraternal twins were conceived via a surrogate who was pregnant when Tutera and ex Ryan Jurica announced their split after 10 years of marriage amid some expolsive allegations.

Each sought sole custody of the twins who were born 19 June.

September 9, 2013

Glee star did not have prenup when she married Dr. Lara Embry in 2010

Jane Lynch's soon-to-be ex-wife wants nearly $94,000 in monthly spousal support to keep living in the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed.

The Glee star and Dr. Lara Embry did not enter into a pre-nuptual agreement prior to their 2010 marriage. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Embry states that Lynch's 'income, investments and assets increased dramatically with her newfound acting success.'

July 9, 2013

In the Report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill planning to give gay couples the right to get married in England and Wales, the upper house talk humanist weddings, lesbian adultery and more

From George Clooney love affairs to a new Section 28, the House of Lords returned last night to debate same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has just completed the first day of the Report Stage, with several votes made on amendments made to wreck the bill.

Among the many voted down was an amendment to allow registrars to refuse to do their job and not marry same-sex couples. It was voted down by a majority of 175.

June 10, 2013

A trans writer appeals to the House of Lords to remember transgender relationships when they scrutinize England and Wales proposed gay marriage law

The House of Lords vote backing same-sex marriage legislation was good news, and brings equality one step closer. One welcome result will be trans people won’t have to dissolve loving marriages in order to gain gender recognition.

However, there are still some issues which remain to be resolved in order for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales to be great and inclusive legislation.

May 20, 2013

Married transgender people will need their husband or wife’s permission before they can have their gender recognized

Imagine: you want to set up a new company but the law requires you to have the written consent of your wife; or you’ve just got pregnant, but you haven’t got a piece of paper with your husband’s signature on it stating he’s OK with that; or you’ve just been involved in a major car accident, sadly without your spouse’s written approval.

January 14, 2013

Ontario court judges that gay couple with a British civil partnership qualified as married

A Canadian judge has decided that a gay couple with a UK civil partnership can be treated as married – and therefore get divorced.

The judgement in Ontario follows legal objections from the Canadian federal Crown.

In 2009 Wayne Hincks and Gerardo Gallardo entered into a civil partnership in London. Both obtained Canadian citizenship after emigrating to Toronto in 2010.

Unlike Canada, British law does not currently allow same-sex couples to marry although civil partnerships allow for similar rights and responsibilities.

December 3, 2012

An Israeli court has granted a divorce of a gay couple for the first time in the country's history

A court has ordered the ministry of interior of Israel to register a gay couple as divorced after it continually rejected their requests.

Yesterday (2 November) a Ramat Gan family court approved the request of Uzi Even, a former Israeli member of parliament and professor at Tel Aviv University, and Amit Kama, who teaches communications at Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, to order Israel’s ministry of interior to register them as divorced.

April 8, 2012

Couple try for divorce two years after first petition is rejected

A lesbian couple are petitioning for divorce in the state of Maryland where same-sex marriages are not recognised - two years after their first application was rejected.

Jessica Port and Virginia Anne Cowan were wed in California in 2008 before Proposition 8 was imposed. Two years later, the pair filed for divorce in Maryland in 2010 but had their petition thrown out by judge A. Michael Chapdelaine as the state does not recognise same-sex weddings.