Gay marriage pioneers file for divorce


With the right to marriage also comes the right to divorce.

One of the poster couples that challenged California’s same-sex marriage ban in 2008 just decided to split up — a reminder how all LGBT couples experience the same ups-and-downs in relationships as straight couples.

Robin Tyler filed for divorce from Diane Olson on January 25 — days before yesterday’s landmark overturning of Prop 8.

“We’re human and we went through difficult times,” Tyler said. She told LA’s NBC4 the marriage sadly ran its course. The former pair wed in 2008 and had been together for 18 years.

On Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional in a 2-1 vote.

Their relationship may have fizzled but their efforts contributed to a major win for marriage equality in California, and across the country.

And more good news for marriage equality supporters. Today, lawmakers in Washington state voted to approve gay marriage. The state is set to become the seventh in the country to allow same-sex partners to tie the knot.