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West Hollywood: The divorce attorney's view

June 17, 2008 | 12:35 pm

Beverly Hills divorce attorney Jacalyn Davis, who works a few blocks away from West Hollywood Park, walked over to the park during her lunch break, carrying a Starbucks coffee cup.

She and some of her staff members were delighted to find all the weddings going on and a violinist serenading the happy couples with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Davis says there's been a buzz in family law circles about whether gay marriage is constitutional. As far as she's concerned, it is. "It's about time the Constitution provides for what's happy, and I hope it sticks."

She says she thought gay marriages might be more likely to last. "I'm dismantling screwed-up relationships for a living," she said. "I don't think straight people have cornered the healthy-relationship market.

"Because the gay community has fought so hard for this, perhaps they'll value this more," Davis said.

She was in her office when her legal assistant heard that gay couples were getting married. They dropped what they were doing and walked over to the park. "Miserable straight people can wait for our happy gay people," Davis said.

Asked if she was trolling for business, Davis said absolutely not.

"Unless of course she gets some prenuptial agreements," said her legal assistant, Natasha Archer.

-- Duke Helfand

Photo: Tori, left, and Kate Kuykendall, who have been together five years, make their way to get a marriage license at West Hollywood Park.

Photo credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times