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3 days after their marriage, same-sex couple seek divorce

FRESNO, Calif. — A same-sex couple married in Fresno County on June 27 — just 10 days after county clerks in California started issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples — have filed for divorce.

The couple, Theresa Ramirez and Adelita Guajardo, are among more than 100 same-sex couples who have applied for a marriage license in the county since June.

Three days after their marriage, Ramirez filed for divorce, court records show. The court petition says there were "irreconcilable differences" between her and Guajardo.

Ramirez said Friday she didn't want to comment on her divorce.

Norm Fletcher, a veteran Fresno family law attorney, said it's not uncommon for couples to file for divorce shortly after getting married.

"Sometimes people are together for 10 or 20 years and then get married and there is a different feeling," Fletcher said. "There is no longer a relationship based on trust, but based on a piece of paper."

For same-sex couples, he said, there is the added stress of the sudden change in the state's marriage law.

"In a way, gays and lesbians had a common enemy in the form of the state and society," Fletcher said. "People who have common enemies tend to stick together."

But once same-sex marriages were legalized, he said, "it's no longer you and me against the world — it's you and me against each other."

3 days after their marriage, same-sex couple seek divorce 08/09/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:04am]
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