When newly legalized matrimony ends in bitter, irreconcilable acrimony for same-sex couples, there’s now a law firm ready to handle divorce cases for gay and lesbian partners whose bliss has gone amiss. And what could be the nation’s first practice with attorneys who specialize in LGBTQ divorce has popped up in, of all places, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.
Yes, yes, I know we’ve all heard about legal action taken by same-sex couples against bakers and photographers who refuse them service; but when a gay or lesbian couple is ready to sue each other for legal separation, they can cruise on over to a just-launched website called Adam Vs. Steve. There, attorney J. Conor Corcoran has announced the formation of a new division of his law practice “devoted entirely to LGBTQ divorce.”
(By the way, if you’re not familiar with the new five-letter and not the old four-letter reference to non-straight persons, LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.)
On the Adam Vs. Steve website, the divorce-focused attorney Corcoran is described as a “staunch Democrat and social liberal” who’s realistic enough to face the fact that, just like what happens with heterosexual couples, same-sex marriages will sometimes not work out…and Corcoran wants the LGBTQ community to know he’s there when they don’t.
Like many LGBTQ community supporters, attorney J. Conor Corcoran celebrated Friday’s Supreme Court decision that upholds marriage equality throughout the United States.
But proud as he is of the upcoming boom in gay matrimony, Corcoran knows that some of this wedded bliss will end in acrimony. That’s why he has launched a new division of his law practice, devoted entirely to LGBTQ divorce.
As the local CBS TV station in Philadelphia noted in its report on what could be the country’s first gay divorce firm, the lawyer heading up the practice claims the name for his website was inspired by what he says were insults aimed at gay couples.
“I realized that there really is a certain kind of empowerment and benevolence in taking what was formerly a derogatory term or a denigration and turning it into some matter of empowerment. And it’s for a good service. These people are entitled to equal rights just like the rest of us.”
So, with the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that same-sex couples have a new, constitutionally protected right to legally marry in every state in the union, the justices have also created a new opportunity for other legal eagles to provide counsel for — some might say swoop down and feed off the remains of — LGBTQ couples whose marriages were not, so to speak, made in heaven.
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