Marriage didn’t do this gay couple much good. Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and his partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, had a civil union ceremony in 2008, which automatically became a “marriage” when New Hampshire legalised same-sex marriage in 2009.
On May 3 they announced their divorce.
In a comment written for The Daily Beast Robinson made the best of it, suggesting that it showed how alike homosexual and heterosexual marriages are:
“It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples.”
He gave no reason for the separation and said he still loved his erstwhile husband:
“My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time, and will continue to love even as we separate. Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.”
Which makes one wonder why it couldn’t have endured without going through the civil union/marriage hoop at all. The experience of this couple certainly does not support the claim that “marriage equality” will lead to greater stability in homosexual partnerships.
Robinson retired last year as Bishop of New Hampshire and is now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.