Alex Blaze

Jarrett Barrios on divorce

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 03, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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"Just as gay and lesbian couples share the joys of marriage, we will share the pain of divorce, something for which we have no template. Divorce plumbs impossible depths of sadness. It involves separating the dishes and the books and all the other things you acquired back when you both still felt the lightness of love, asserting to a judge at a public trial that, yes, your marriage has broken down irretrievably, and telling your parents whose marriage of 47 years hangs heavy over your anemic explanations to them.

Nearly a year ago, I separated from my partner. At the time, we had been together for 16 years and married for over five. I felt I couldn't discuss it beyond my close circle of friends. Especially if you're gay and arguing that marriage should be open to you, divorce seems to be the ultimate failure."

--GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios in the Boston Globe on his divorce

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With the good comes the bad. The important thing is a level playing field for all orientations.

Hopefully, we're seeing a move in that directions. Plenty of road blocks ahead, no doubt, but hey - even the Real Housewives of New Jersey came out for marriage equality in this social satire video: