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Illinois proponent of same-sex marriage to divorce

An alderman from Chicago, Illinois, who represents the 33rd district, announced on social media on Thursday, July 3, 2014, that she and her wife will be obtaining a divorce. The two have been married since 2011.

She expressed her sentiments when she wrote that she was extremely sad to announce the demise of her marriage to her partner. She iterated that divorce is very painful and that she hoped that the media and the general public would allow them to become uncoupled in privacy. She also said that she appreciated all the support and understanding that had come her and her partner's way. She was a proponent of same-sex marriage and the media states that, as a Democrat in the Illinois state General Assembly, as a state representative, she was quite instrumental in getting the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed.

This law made legal same-sex marriage in Illinois. The law took effect on June 1 of this year. There were four openly gay or lesbian members of the General Assembly at the time that the law was being considered and also when it passed.

When the law was in the process of being debated and considered for passage, her marriage to her partner was often used as a point of reference in the debate that ensued. She said that it was not fair that her own marriage could not be recognized in the state of Illinois, which is where she grew up and where she calls home.

She was an activist is the past, getting arrested in 2004 because of a protest she staged. She has disagreed with the current marriage laws and wanted to get a marriage license from the Cook County Clerk.

Whether you're a government official, celebrity or not in the limelight like most of us, high asset divorce is never pleasant and a competent legal team can make the best of a difficult yet all too common situation.

Source: Source: Chicagoist, "Ald. Deb Mell Takes to Twitter to Announce Divorce From Wife," Jon Graef, July 5, 2014

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