New York magazine takes a look at divorce equality as an increasing number of gay and lesbian couples marry.

The cover story, titled From “I Do” to “I'm Done,” chronicles the relationship and marriage of Kevin Muir and Sam Richie. Both in their 20s when they met in 1997, they are among the youngest gay couples to split after legally tying the knot.

They said “I do” in 2004, marrying 11 days after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, and “I'm done” seven years later.

Sam said that their matrimonial bond cracked in the course of an adoption process. Kevin disagreed, saying the cause was rooted in his drinking problem.

“My not drinking, and my not wanting to be exposed to things surrounding drinking, is what ultimately caused me to say, 'I need you to leave this house,'” Kevin explained. “Sam is a beautiful, loving, generous, amazing guy. If I had continued to drink, we would still be together.”

Susan Sommer, director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal, explained that gay couples face significant barriers to obtaining a divorce.

“[B]y and large, even if states have no residency requirement to marry, they do have a residency requirement to divorce,” Sommer told the magazine.

That means that a gay couple living in Georgia but married in California in 2008 can't divorce in Georgia, because the state does not recognize the marriage, and could probably only get divorced in California if they take up residency in the state, which could take up to a year.

“It gives wedlock a whole new meaning,” Sommer said. “They're trapped.”

“And it has terrible and profound consequences for them,” she added. “First of all, you can't enter into a new marriage, or for that matter a new civil union or domestic partnership. So you can commit bigamy and might be subject to criminal prosecution.”

Kevin and Sam, now divorced, no longer speak to each other.