Nearly 10,000 gay and lesbian couples married after the ruling. Massachusetts does not keep records on the number who have divorced, but lawyers who specialize in family cases say it is in the dozens. Those who choose to end their marriages soon discover that the trauma of divorce is compounded by legal and financial difficulties that heterosexual couples generally are spared.
“One of the benefits of marriage is divorce,” said Joyce Kauffman, a Boston divorce lawyer who has handled a dozen same-sex divorce cases. “But for a lot of couples, that benefit is very complicated and very costly in ways that heterosexual couples would never have to experience.”
Yeah, that’s why I would like to get married someday: to enjoy the benefits of marriage such as divorce. I can’t wait for that benefit!
As Tim Jones put it: “In addition, one of the most exciting things about driving is the possibility that you’ll get to find out first-hand what an air-bag deployment is really like, instead of watching it on Mythbusters. I haven’t experienced it yet, but every day brings new possibilities.”