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Joy Behar interviews Angelique Naylor

JOY BEHAR SHOW | CNN.COM Weekly Round-up; Lisa Oz on Relationships Aired April 23, 2010 - 21:00:00   ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
BEHAR: When Angelique Naylor married her lesbian partner in Massachusetts where same-sex marriage is legal, little did she know she would have so much trouble trying to get a divorce in Texas, the state that banned gay marriage. Apparently Texas wants to preserve the sanctity of divorce.

Joining me now is Angelique Naylor. Hello Angelique, how are you?

ANGELIQUE NAYLOR, GAY SPOUSE DENIED DIVORCE: Hi, Joy. Doing great.

BEHAR: It`s ironic that a state that bans gay marriage is trying so hard to keep two lesbians married isn`t it? It warms my heart.

NAYLOR: It`s a little shocking, yes. And I actually wrote a letter to Greg Abbott before I filed for divorce when he went against the Dallas couple and told him he could be the champion for abolishing gay marriage if he would just support gay divorce not knowi…

State of the State Public Policy Conference

Today I had the pleasure of participating in the State of the State Public Policy Conferencepresented by Equality Texas.  I served as a panelist on Full Faith and Credit: Relationship Recognitionmoderated byBrian Thompson, an attorney and board member, Rep. Donna Howard, Bilerico Project blogger Paige Schilt, my client Angelique Naylor, and immigration attorney, Denise Mejia.  The discussions were focused mainly on the challenges that the LGBT community faces when trying to receive benefits that all heterosexual couples receive as a matter of "right".  


I am continually amazed by the sacrifices that same sex couples face when trying to receive basic healthcare, rights to make decisions regarding their children or the spouse/partner, and how they should identify themselves when asked about their marital status.  For example, a same sex couple married in Massachusetts is married but should you or do you identify yourself as married when filing taxes, applying for loans, complet…

Gay Divorce: The Next Big Legal Challenge from Newsweek.com

Yours truly was interviewed last week by Eve Conant of Newsweek.com.  What did we talk about?  Click below to read the entire article or scroll down to read the "excerpts" from the article specific to our case.  Great stuff and wonderfully written.


The Right to Love—and Loss The sad fact is that many gay couples fighting for the right to marry may someday want to divorce. And that's a whole other battle. By Eve Conant | Newsweek Web Exclusive Apr 14, 2010
Seven years ago Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly met in Austin, Texas, fell in love, and moved in together. "We donated to charity, worked, and paid our taxes like everyone else," Naylor, 39, tells NEWSWEEK. "We also thought it was important to be married before we had a child." So in 2004 they married and honeymooned in Massachusetts, and soon after adopted Jayden, who is now 4. They shared a business in the then-booming housing market as well as a quiet, upper-middle-class family lifestyle.
But like hal…