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Neighbor women facing their own marital problems become lovers, now married to each other

May 28, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.

Victoria residents Cynthia, left, and Christine Flores  stand with Judge Robert Hanson after their wedding ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 5, 2011. Iowa is one of five  states that grant same-sex marriage licenses.


Cynthia Flores and Christine Davis met in 1999 when they became neighbors.

At the time, Davis had been married to her high school sweetheart, for six years, and Flores had been separated from her second husband for five years.

Although the two women were not friends, news of Davis' disinegrating marriage was no secret.

Faced with pressure from multiple sources, Davis tested the lesbian waters by kissing a female friend of her husband.

Word soon got out about the kiss, piquing Flores' interest in what the experience of a female-on-female kiss would be like.

Soon after, Flores began playfully pestering Davis for a kiss, which ultimately led to their first kiss in December 2003.

Following the kiss, the women quickly transitioned from barely cordial neighbors to a budding lesbian relationship.

The product of a religious family, however, Davis did not originally like the idea of a lesbian relationship.

"I would always turn off the TV when I would see women kissing," said Davis. "I hated it because I'd grown up being taught that it was a sin."

She continued, "Ever since I did that with that girl, it brought out those feelings."

With both women still legally married, they kept their engagement a secret with the exception of a ring Davis wore on her right hand.

Ultimately, Davis and her husband divorced in 2004, allowing Davis and her fiancé the opportunity to move in together.

Flores' second divorce was finalized in 2009.



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