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Colorado has first same-sex divorce

July 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM   |   Comments

FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 30 (UPI) -- The state of Colorado, which recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states, has had its first same-sex divorce, lawyers say.

Juli Yim's 2009 marriage to Lorelei Jones, carried out in Massachusetts, was dissolved Monday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported. Yim and Suzie Calvin, to whom she is engaged, can now obtain a civil union in Colorado.

Yim's lawyer, Kyle Martelon, said in the past Yim would have had to return to Massachusetts and meet residency requirements there to get a divorce.

"In a way, it's not necessarily a great thing to be celebrating," Yim said. "By the same token, I have been trying for years to take care of this but have not had an opportunity to live in a state that allowed that."

The Colorado law recognizes same-sex marriages and civil unions from other states.

Homosexuals who have a legally recognized relationship in another state cannot receive a civil union with anyone except their legal partner.

"A lot of people kind of think if they went on vacation to Iowa or Massachusetts or New York and got married and came back to their state, that when they break up they can just go their separate ways," Martelon said. "It's not like that."

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