One-time partner of actress and talk show personality Rosie O'Donnell. Also an entrepreneur, she founded a travel planning company called R Family Vacations that catered to gay and lesbian families.
Early in her career, she held a high-ranking position in the marketing department of Nickelodeon.
She and Rosie O'Donnell raised three adopted children and one biological child through a sperm donor father.
She was with Rosie O'Donnell for six years before the two legally wed in San Francisco in 2004. The two separated in 2007, and Carpenter married Anne Steele in 2013.
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom passed a law allowing gay marriage in the city shortly before O'Donnell and Carpenter married.