02/09/2013 10:02 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gay Marriage Options Prompt Some Long-Term Couples To Split

Despite the joy surrounding the legalization of gay marriage, one sobering statistic remains.

On Nov. 6, 2012, Maine became the first state in the country to approve gay by voter referendum. Some same-sex couples joyously celebrated the news and within mere hours, businesses began advertising wedding and other related services to the gay community.

The excitement can't be overstated and the major topic of conversation between most of these couples was whether or not they would now get married. Something then started happening that was totally unexpected — presented with the possibility of getting married, some long-term couples started splitting up.

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