Same-sex couples fought so long for the right to be legally married in the United States that many people both within and without the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community treat a same-sex divorce as something akin to a tragedy of epic proportions.
A 51-year-old Texan apparently thought he'd found a convenient way to get a no-hassle divorce -- one that didn't require him to discuss the issue with his wife. To that end, he quietly forged his wife's signature on some forms for the court and lied under oath.
If you pay attention to American cinema, finding the perfect person, falling in love and getting married is the key to happiness for everybody -- but that's not exactly how it works in real life. Sometimes that "perfect person" turns out not to be so perfect after all -- and your marriage becomes a burden on your psyche.
Once upon a time, couples who could afford separate bedrooms always slept apart. A private bedroom -- and private bed -- were seen as luxuries that were to be enjoyed, not a sign of a troubled marriage.
Obtaining the legal right to marry was a major hurdle for same-sex couples. Now, the newest hurdle some of those couples face is getting a fair divorce.
A lot of people only come to realizations about their gender identity after years of searching for answers to unspoken questions. By that time, some have married, and their spouses also have to deal with their transitions if they come out as transgender.
When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage for same sex couples across the nation, many citizens rejoiced in the knowledge that they could make their unions legal. While these couples would probably not say that the ruling was a mistake, they are discovering that many hurdles still exist in equalizing family law for every couple in the country.