Same-sex marriage is equal, but it looks like same-sex divorce isn’t


When David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister last June, one of the accomplishments he mentioned in his farewell speech was the legalisation of same-sex marriages under his leadership.

It was a historic day on 29 March, 2014, when the first ever same-sex marriages took place in England and Wales, marking a huge leap forward in equal rights for the LGBT+ community.

However, some Twitter users have since noticed that while same-sex marriage gives you largely the same rights as a heterosexual marriage, when it comes to divorce it isn’t the same story.

On the UK government’s website, it states that a person cannot file for divorce on the grounds of adultery if the offending person had relations with someone else from the same sex.

It goes on to add that that includes couples in same-sex marriages.

“It doesn’t count as adultery if they had sex with someone of the same sex,” it reads. “This includes if you’re in a same-sex marriage.”

However, LGBT+ married couples can divorce if one of them has cheated on the other with a member of the same sex. Instead, it would need to be filed as unreasonable behaviour.

That hasn’t stopped a number of Twitter users questioning why this is the case though.

But there were also others on hand to clear up the confusion.



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