Friday, July 21, 2006
Goodridges, plaintiffs in gay marriage case, have split.
The front page of the Boston Globe reports this morning that Hillary and Julie Goodridge, the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit that brought same-sex marriage to Massachusetts, have separated. Hillary is program director for the Unitarian Universalist Funding Panel; the couple were married by UUA President William G. Sinkford at the UUA headquarters in Boston. From the Globe:
Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the couple, confirmed the separation last night. She said the couple are focused now on trying to do what is best for their daughter, Annie, 10.
"Julie and Hillary Goodridge are amicably living apart," Breslauer said in a telephone interview. "As always their number one priority is raising their daughter, and like the other plaintiff couples in this case, they made an enormous contribution toward equal marriage. But they are no longer in the public eye, and request that their privacy be respected."
Breslauer said they have not filed for divorce. She would not comment on their plans and offered no other details.
The story also notes that since May 2004 there have been 7,300 same-sex marriages in Massachusetts; approximately 45 have since filed for divorce.
("After 2 years, same-sex marriage icons split up," Michael Levenson, Boston Globe 7.21.06, reg req'd; see also "Julie and Hillary Goodridge, lead plaintiffs in Mass. marriage lawsuit, have separated," Susan Ryan-Vollmar, Bay Windows 7.20.06)
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 21 July 2006 at 7:51 AM