Skip to comments.Lesbians seeking first gay 'divorce' after three months
Posted on 05/18/2006 11:46:56 PM PDT by MadIvan
A lesbian couple who could become the first to divorce after "marrying" just three months ago were warned by lawyers yesterday that they may have a long wait.
Liz King, 40, and Daphne Ligthard, 36, registered their civil partnership in Ashford, Kent, on Feb 11 before sharing a honeymoon in Amsterdam.
But the relationship soured after Miss Ligthard accused Miss King of seeing another woman who had been a guest at their "wedding". The couple are now splitting up and face the prospect of dividing their joint assets.
Miss Ligthard said that the break-up came after Miss King said she no longer loved her.
"Liz told me she didn't love me any more, that she hadn't done so for years. I was absolutely flabbergasted," she said.
"I asked her why she had gone through the wedding and she said it was to make me happy. But it was all her idea.
"She even asked if I would change my name by deed poll because she liked the sound of it. We seemed more in love than ever."
She said she noticed something was wrong after Miss King, an amateur triathlete who works in insurance, began spending a lot of time away from home and kept bringing another woman back to the house.
"Liz is into athletics and is a triathlete. She began spending a lot of time training with another girl at her athletics club," Miss Ligthard, who works for Eurostar, told The Sun newspaper.
"They were together every day and this girl began coming round to the house when I was at work."
Miss King said: "I have nothing to say except I feel sorry for Daphne at this time."
Lawyers said that, under the Civil Partnerships Act that came into force in December, the couple could not terminate their partnership until it had been in existence for at least a year.
Moreover, in contrast to marriage, adultery was not recognised as grounds for ending a civil partnership, though unreasonable behaviour could be cited.
Mark Harper, a divorce specialist with the London law firm Withers, said that the dissolution of a partnership was almost exactly the same as any other divorce.
"The court would look at the assets that existed at the start of the relationship," he said. "The presumption would be that assets built up during the course of a relationship would be equally divided even if one partner earned much more than the other."
ROTFLMAO! As if no one saw this coming!
Personally I find it rather silly that gays getting divorced is taken to signify anything more or less than straights getting divorced.
the wages of sluttishness is quick separation....
This story is making my hot.
This story is making your hot...what?
Making my me hot.
I should proofread more often, I guess.
"OK. You can take 'Thruster, but I get 'Penetrato.'"
Sounds like a Soap Opera
Lick king and Lick hard
Don't tell ME there's nothing in a name ... no one names their daughter Jezebel.
At least, not yet.
I see a dildo custody battle on the horizon.
If you don't know any straight people who have divorced after only a few months of marriage, come to the States and I'll introduce you to my sister. She did it twice -- first marriage lasted seven weeks and the second marriage lasted five months.
This one is not going to be sending any rockets into space.
Is this known in England as "being called on the carpet"?
I had a college friend who I think may have set a record. She was on her honeymoon at the beach and ran into one of her bridesmaids.
She thought it was a coincidence.
Turned out her husband of 2 days had been seeing her bridesmaid before they got married.
They were drunk in the hotel bar that night and her husband confessed and left her there and went and spent the rest of the week with her bridesmaid.
She went home, got her things and went home to her parents. The divorce went through a year later.
"I asked her why she had gone through the wedding and she said it was to make me happy"
What a great reason to get married!!!!
Just shows that lesbians are just as stupid as non lesbians.
||So...who gets custody of the rug?|
Not quite but it sounds a bit like "The Heartbreak Kid" (Grodin, Shepard and Eddy Albert).
So "She got the gold mine, I got the shaft" takes on a new meaning as well.
It'd take a pretty sick individual, male or female, to be attracted to a female tri-athlete, my appologies to any female tri-athletes reading this.
I guess this just proves the old adage, "The carpet is always greener on the other side."
Unfortunately, this is just the sort of scenario that will draw HUGE lobbying in favor of legitimizing. Can you just see the lawyers drooling over the boom in the divorce industry? We can say what we want, but this movement has powerful allies and we can't underestimate their ability to have gay marriage "rammed through" as law.
Sounds like Miss Ligthard "has had the rug pulled out from under her".
But who gets the 9v batteries?
Who are they kidding. They wanted this to get to court. Recognizing the divorce, recognizes the marriage. They are just toooooo clever.
Marriage is only between a man and a woman for the purpose of bearing children. Anything else is a mock marriage. According to vermin this is not so; they open the door for "marriage" between a woman and her son, a man and his dog, a woman and her men, and so on, by that illogical rationale.
So now we have a mock divorce?
They just lost their "taste" for each other.
A good strawberry douche could have saved this marriage.
"Making my me hot.
I should proofread more often, I guess."
Or type with both hands. ;-p
Adultery doesn't count as "Unreasonable behavior"? Would something like excessive channel surfing constitute "unreasonable behavior"? How about mixing plaids and stripes?
I'm not sure carpet is the best metaphor here! :)
It reminded me to vacuum my carpets today.
Yes. Divorce for gays is laughingly unreal.
What good is a story on lesbian tri-atheletes without pictures?
Gay marriages are a potential gold mine for lawyers. They'll have all those new legal definitions and findings to test.
Never mind the awful fallout and lives destroyed in the process, plenty of them will have many billable hours and lots of new $$$ available to them.
I agree with you 100%. Granting a divorce accepts the "marriage" itself as a reality, which is not something we want to see happen. But on the lighter side, isn't there some joke that asks "How can you tell a lesbian on her second date?" and is answered with "By the bags of clothing, the two cats, and the U-Haul."
This is just one more step in the 'normalisation' of gay marriage. Even though it isn't actually called marriage, the whole process mirrors heterosexual marriage and the homosexual community always refer to it as marriage.
The 'gay divorce' process is another step nearer putting homosexuality on a par with normal relationships.
Too bad there isn't a place like Reno where they can get it done "lickity split " :-)
It was quick.
I think we conservatives can now turn around to the gay marriage lobby and say, "Told you so". There are many fine gay people, but these repeated attempts to somehow make the gay lifestyle fit into a heterosexual model just is a dead end.
Ivan, I am with you. The only thing they will do is throw Briney back in our face or Renee or any other hetro marriage that didn't even last 3 months. I don't think that divorce is enough to stop this marriage debate. We need more than that.
Who'll get custody of the cucumbers?
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