California’s first Hollywood-style gay divorce

Jonas Oliver | August 12, 2008

Following in the footsteps of some of Hollywood’s most famous names, a recently married lesbian couple is about to become the first to divorce since California became the first state to fully recognize same-sex unions.

Theresa Ramirez and Adelita Guajardo of Fresno County, Califronia married on June 27, 2008 and filed for divorce just three days later on June 30. The ramifications of the divorce will however be no different for Ramirez and Guajardo under California law.

According to ABC News Legal Analyst Tony Capozzi, while a same-sex divorce in Fresno County is unprecedented, legally it is not significant. "The fact that it is a same-sex marriage and now a divorce is of no consequence to the court. They're going to be treated as equally as anyone who comes before that court," Capozzi said.

Short-lived marriages are not uncommon in the state of California for couples, same-sex or otherwise. In fact in Hollywood, they are not out of the ordinary at all.

Britney Spears’ shotgun Las Vegas marriage to Jason Allen Alexander was annulled barely two days after it happened in 2004. That same year Nicky Hilton’s three-month marriage to money manager Todd Meister found a similar fate.

Years before them, in 1984, Janet Jackson had her brief marriage to James Debarge annulled as did Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1983 when she voided her day-long marriage to her eighth husband, Mexican actor Felipe de Alba, via an annulment because she was still married to husband number seven. Similarly Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman were married for only nine days in November 1998.

More recently, the union of Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger and country crooner Kenny Chesney in May 2005 saw a controversial end four months later when Zellweger filed an application for annulment that was eventually granted. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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