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Doma Binational Gay Couples

My Government Recognizes My Marriage and Welcomes My Wife! Karin Got Her Green Card!

Judy Rickard | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Now she can be with me legally and safely in the U.S. She can travel on her own or with me and return safely through the U.S. residents' line at border-crossing customs desks. Our future is ours to plan; travel taken and time spent doing it are not at the whim of the U.S. government anymore.

Carving LGBT Families Out of Immigration Protections: Wrong and Harmful

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Gorenberg

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and law professor David Strange made a wholly unfounded argument July 18, 2013, in The New York Times. Their attempt to carve LGBT families out of federal immigration protections is baseless and punitive.

DOMA's Fall, Legal Same-Sex Marriage: Formerly Forbidden Fruit Brings Unexpected Sweetness to Binational Couple

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

"I really did not care about gay marriage," said George. "It was just a piece of paper. We got married to get my partner a green card." But once it happened, he said, "I learned how wrong I was. It is more than a visa and tax benefits. You finally feel acceptance and connection at a deeper level."

Do I Have 'Post-DOMAtic Stress Disorder'?

Judy Rickard | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

My doctor has helped me with some symptoms. My massage therapist has been understanding too. Ditto for my acupuncturist and my chiropractor. Even my dentist sees what stress has done to my teeth and jaws. My lawyer knows better than most what this whole issue involves.

Breaking Down Immigration Rules for Same-Sex Binational Couples

Mike Spradley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Spradley

Immigration is very complicated, so I contacted Bryan K. Randolph, an attorney practicing in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area who is preparing to face an influx of cases of binational same-sex couples seeking recognition of their relationships for the purpose of immigration.

DOMA's Defeat a Clear Victory for Same-Sex Binational Couples

Ian Thompson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

DOMA placed a dark cloud over same-sex binational couples, forcing them to live in fear of separation. U.S. citizens, in order to stay together with a foreign same-sex spouse or partner, were often forced to choose between the person they love or the country they love.

What the DOMA Ruling Means for Gay Binational Couples

Erwin de Leon | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

After wrestling with the immigration system for 23 years, just like that, I have a clear path to citizenship. My husband can finally petition for a green card for me. I am relieved, grateful, and more optimistic than ever about my family's future in the country we call home.

DOMA Reaction: 'I Finally Feel Like A Full American'

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices

One class of people uniquely affected by Wednesday's historic Supreme Court DOMA ruling is gay people in binational relationships — i.e. those for w...

Lesbian Mom in Colorado Could Be Among First to Receive Green Card When DOMA Is Struck Down by Supreme Court (VIDEO)

Lavi Soloway | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Lavi Soloway

For Cathy and Catriona and their three children, everything is at stake. If the Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, Cathy could immediately receive approval of her green card application. If the law is upheld, she will be forced to move thousands of miles away from her spouse and children.

DOMA Goes: What Do I Do?

Judy Rickard | Posted 08.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

When the Supreme Court gives the decision that strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I will have a lot to do!

Binational Same-Sex Married Couples to Feel the Most Relief From a Favorable DOMA Ruling (PHOTOS)

Murray Lipp | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Not only are such couples denied the general range of federal rights and benefits associated with marriage, but they also deal with the additional stress and trauma of having to find ways to physically stay together in the same country.

Celebs Tweet Support for a Binational Gay Couple (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

DavidCastro | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
DavidCastro

We were completely amazed by the celebrity support we received. Stars from the movie business, TV, the music business and more have tweeted our video, providing millions of people with the chance to learn about DOMA and its destructive impact on loving couples.

DOMA Stays: What Do I Do?

Judy Rickard | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

I do have a plan. Sort of. As much as we can plan for something that might not happen, Karin and I know that we will sell our house, move to Scotland and come to America as often as we can. So, if DOMA stays, we go. None of this makes me feel good.

Thanks to David and Jason, From One Binational Same-Sex Couple to Another!

Megan Evans | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Megan Evans

Thanks to you, the injustice and inequality that binational same-sex couples face as a result of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has finally come to light. The DOMA Project's video about their story, "Missing Husband," has gone viral, and people are starting to finally listen.

Stealing Lives (And Getting Away With It)

Brandon Perlberg | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Brandon Perlberg

More than a year ago, I was forced into exile because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents me from sponsoring my same-sex British partner for a green card, so he had to return to the UK, and I went with him. There are 81 people in Washington who owe me my life back.

For the Gay and Undocumented, Stakes Are High Ahead of Court Ruling (VIDEO)

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jens Erik Gould

Eric Manriquez, a U.S. citizen, has been legally married to Juan Rivera, an undocumented immigrant, for five years in California, yet Rivera can't apply for a green card through marriage as heterosexual spouses can, because the federal government doesn't recognize their union.

We Haven't 'Already Won' On Gay Marriage -- Just Ask These Two Moms Fighting To Keep Their Family Together (VIDEO)

Brynn Gelbard | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Gelbard

Lesbian and gay binational couples remain shut out of green cards and fiancé(e) visas. As a result, LGBT families are still torn apart, forced into exile or left fighting to remain together in this country. None of them feel that we have already won, and to say that is an insult to their struggle.

Together But Unequal: Living Under The Indignity Of DOMA

Brandon Melchior | Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Brandon Melchior

After 16 years it's clear that the only thing the Defense of Marriage Act defends is institutionalized bigotry. The letter we received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, solidifies that fact. It was all there in black and white.

When DOMA Hits Close To Home

Mike Ruiz | Posted 04.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Mike Ruiz

We must immediately stand together and stand up for our equal rights and demand the immediate and full repeal of DOMA, so that upstanding individuals, such as Allan Spyere, are not to face such dastardly consequences.

No Mo' DOMA! I've Got My Wife, I've Got My Life!

Judy Rickard | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

For us, it's the end of a long, long journey. Well, it's not really the end until Karin gets her green card. But it's the last hurdle for us. And it's the green light that so many have waited for to get married and established together in America.