'Poster Couple' for Gay Marriage Divorcing

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson married in California in 2008
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 5:31 PM CST
'Poster Couple' for Gay Marriage Divorcing
Robin Tyler, left, and spouse Diane Olson carry an anniversary cake as they celebrate the one-year anniversary of the first same-sex weddings in West Hollywood, Calif., Tuesday, June 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Two women in California who became what MSNBC calls the "poster couple" for gay marriage are getting a divorce. Robin Tyler and Diane Olson were the first women to legally marry in Southern California in June 2008, right after the state Supreme Court swept away a law banning same-sex marriage, notes NBC Los Angeles.

For years, the pair had been among the couples leading the legal challenge to make gay marriage legal in the state. They had gone to a courthouse every year for seven years to apply for a marriage license, only to be turned away. "We're human and we went through difficult times," Tyler says of the recent split. "We're just like anybody else and that's all they can expect of us." The state's fight for gay marriage had a different kind of milestone yesterday. (Read more gay marriage stories.)

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