The U.S. Supreme Court repealed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2015. Same-sex marriage finally became lawful in Michigan and every other state in the country once the justices entered their ruling. At least 491,000 same-sex couples have taken the plunge and gotten married since then. But, many of those marriages have also ended in divorce.
Since marriage between same-sex couples became legal, same-sex divorces became an inevitability. Many people believe that the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage leveled the playing field for gay couples. However, that is not always the case.
The lingering effects of marriage inequality are still hanging on, even though same-sex marriages have been legal throughout the United States since 2015 -- especially for older same-sex couples who may now be divorcing. If your same-sex marriage is ending, here are some of the unique concerns that you may need to address:
Same-sex couples once lacked the legal right to marry -- and they struggled so long to obtain that right that a couple who finds themselves unhappily wed may feel guilty about wanting a divorce. That guilt can come from both inside and outside the marriage.
Same-sex couples fought so long for the right to legally marry that many same-sex couples feel particularly disappointed when their marriages fall apart.
For a lot of older same-sex couples, the right to legally marry was supposed to be the key to their "happily ever after." Unfortunately, all marriages are subject to stressors and failures. However, there's some additional pain and stigma associated with same-sex divorce for many of these couples.