They were L.A.'s first married gays, and now they're divorcing
Robin Tyler and Diane Olson saw their shared dream come true in June 2008 after years of fighting for marriage equality.
In January, they saw that dream dissolve when Tyler filed for divorce after more than three years of marriage and 18 years of living together.
"It wasn't a light decision," Tyler told NBCLA. "It's very sad."
The couple pushed for the reversal of Proposition 8 in 2009 by renewing their vows and were lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led the state Supreme Court to strike down the same-sex marriage ban that year.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, though it left in place a stay on the ruling. The stay had been issued by a lower federal court to prevent the resumption of same-sex marriages as the case works its way through the appeals process.
"The people may not employ the initiative power to single out a disfavored group for unequal treatment and strip them, without a legitimate justification, of a right as important as the right to marry," the court said.
-- Dalina Castellanos
Photo: Robin Tyler, left, and Diane Olson, the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit that allowed same-sex marriages in California. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times