Iconic Mass. Gay Couple Splits

Goodridge suit legalized same-sex marriage in state
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2009 1:18 PM CST
The Goodridges pose with other gay couples and supporters as they celebrate their first wedding anniversary in Boston.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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(Newser) – A lesbian activist couple well-respected for leading Massachusetts' gay marriage charge has filed for divorce, the Boston Herald reports. Hillary and Julie Goodridge's landmark lawsuit legalized same-sex marriage in the state six years ago. The couple married a year later—after nearly two decades together—and share custody of their 12-year-old daughter. "They had a great thing going," Hillary's mom says.

"Whenever there’s a cause that keeps people together, there’s a high rate of dissolution of the relationship once the cause is over," a divorce lawyer notes. "And what a surprise: Gay people are like everyone else."