Same-sex couples have been able to legally marry in Massachusetts for quite a few years now. Even though more states have legalized same-sex marriage in recent years, there are still issues that arise for divorcing same-sex couples that heterosexual couples do not have to deal with.
The Defense of Marriage Act has been in place since 1996. DOMA made it clear that in the eyes of the federal government, a marriage is only between a man and a woman. However, many changes have occurred in terms of gay marriage rights since then. Many Massachusetts same-sex couples have benefitted from the state's legalization of gay marriage.
The number of states where same-sex marriage is legal continues to grow. As more same-sex couples marry and have children in these states, the number of same-sex divorces will likely also increase. According to one report, a national committee is working to find solutions for legal issues which arise as a result of differences in federal and state same-sex marriage laws.
Same-sex marriage has received a great deal of attention in Massachusetts in recent years. Several court cases regarding details of laws impacting same-sex couples could be presented to the Supreme Court as early as this year. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently said she thinks it is likely the issue will be before the court soon.