2008_10_divorce.jpgLocal gay rights advocates are relishing a minor victory after a state court recognized the first divorce of a same-sex couple married in another state. Earlier this year, Governor Paterson made New York the first state in which gay marriages could be recognized, but not performed. His memo ordering courts to do so was included in the decision to allow the divorce. The lesbian couple, known in court papers only as C.C. and C.M., were married in 2005 in Massachusetts and had been together in a domestic partnership since 2001. The two will split custody of the baby C.C. gave birth to and C.M. adopted back in 2006. The last New York same-sex couple to have as newsworthy of a breakup ended up immortalized after the fact with a children's book depicting their story.