By John Clark
Jane Lynch, a comedic actor perhaps best known for her starring role in the television series, “Glee,” is filing for divorce from her wife of more than two years, according to a report from ABC News.
Lynch reportedly married her wife, Lara Embry, on Memorial Day in 2010 in Massachusetts, one of only a few states that recognize same-sex marriage.
In a recent statement, Lynch said, “Lara and I have decided to end our marriage. This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter.”
Sources say the 52-year-old actress met Embry, a 44-year-old clinical psychologist, at a 2009 fundraiser honoring Embry’s professional work.
When Embry met Lynch, she “thought she was cute,” and asked to have her picture taken with her, according to an interview with The New York Times.
One year after the couple met, they were married during a small ceremony in Sunderland, Massachusetts, one of only a handful of states that allows same-sex couples to tie the knot. Sources say that the small affair only featured 19 guests.
After the two were wed, Lynch became a stepmother to Embry’s two daughters, one of whom lived with the couple during happier times.
Lynch took her parenting role seriously, and told her bride during their vows that she promised to “be the very best parent I can be,” according to sources.
During an interview last March, Lynch also told sources that her “greatest pleasure” was her stepdaughter, and she noted that she had been “surprised how much love you feel and how you would do anything for your children.”
Before contacting a divorce lawyer, the couple gained some fame for being a high-profile, same-sex couple, although they kept a relatively low profile during their marriage, sources say.
Their divorce, incidentally, will also be followed closely by a nation that is growing accustomed to gay marriage. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that gay divorce will become increasingly common.
Sources do not indicate where Lynch and Embry plan to file for divorce, but their lives will likely be much simpler if they file for divorce in a state that recognizes gay marriage.
And while the divorce proceeds, Lynch reportedly plans to keep busy. The actress is currently starring in the Broadway production of “Annie: The Musical,” and she performed at the Tony Awards in New York City last week.