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Binational Couples

Life After Long Distance: Is There Happily Ever After?

Megan Evans | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Megan Evans

Life has truly never been better, but that is not to say that it is a seamless transition from the torture of long distance to forever-happy days. While we couldn't wait to see the end of the distance, there are things we didn't even realize we were going to miss.

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.

Historic Gay Marriage Ruling Helps Out Class Of Married Couples

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been ...

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...

No Surprise: Gays Left Out Of Immigration Reform Bill

Erwin de Leon | Posted 06.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

Lesbian and gay Americans and permanent residents will still not be able to sponsor their loved ones for permanent residency. LGBT organizations and coalition partners will vigorously protest, but at the end of the day, we will still be left out in the cold.

LGBT Americans Produce Groundswell Of Support For Marriage Equality In Advance Of Supreme Court Rulings (VIDEO)

Brynn Gelbard | Posted 03.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Gelbard

LGBT families are standing up and challenging everyone to see their humanity. By reaching out to our neighbors, families, co-workers, fellow congregants, employers and friends, and by living open and honest lives, we have changed the hearts and minds of more than 100 million Americans.

Not All LGBT Immigrants Are Married to Americans

Erwin de Leon | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

LGBT undocumented immigrants live in the shadows, marginalized by society's bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity and immigration status. Shedding light on their numbers is a start in getting them out of the dark.

Gay Voices' Family Friday: Meet Daniel and Yohandel

Posted 03.01.2013 | Gay Voices

As part of our Family Friday series, every week we spotlight one family, share the story of their love and send lots of love and support to them from ...

Lesbian Grandmothers Lead Green Card Fight (VIDEO)

Brynn Gelbard | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Gelbard

Long before immigration reform was the hot topic it is today, Judy Rickard and her wife, Karin Bogliolo, were in the trenches spreading the word about the harsh reality for same-sex binational couples trying to remain together in the U.S.

President Obama: Protect This Family Now (VIDEO)

Brynn Gelbard | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Gelbard

President Obama, you can ensure that Becky and Sanne's green card petition is not denied but put on hold until either the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act or Congress passes an immigration reform bill that includes the gay partner provision you put forward.

The Curious Case Of Ivo Widlak

Faith Cheltenham | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Faith Cheltenham

Unfortunately for Ivo, ignorance regarding bisexuals may have contributed to his deportation hearings. Ivo tells me that he was interrogated by USCIS on his sexual orientation as officers sought to prove his marriage valid since he had been reported as homosexual.

Elise Foley

Republican Calls For Same-Sex Couples To Be Addressed In Immigration Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the sole Republican co-sponsor of a bill to give binational same-sex couples equal rights to petition for ...

Elise Foley

Hispanic Caucus: Don't Leave Binational Same-Sex Couples Out Of Immigration Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration reform leaders in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called Wednesday for a comprehensive reform bill to include recognition ...

Will Immigration Reform Be Comprehensive and Inclusive?

Erwin de Leon | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Erwin de Leon

Republican leadership in Congress now appears to be on board with immigration reform, shocked into action by the potency of the Latino vote and awakened to a new political order that includes people of color. But will reform be truly comprehensive, offering a path to citizenship for some 11 million unauthorized immigrants?

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.

Gay Binational Couples Need More Than Discretion

Erwin de Leon | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

Now, if President Obama is re-elected, he can issue an executive order recognizing legally married same-gender couples, granting them immigration and other benefits. Judging from the past four years though, the chances of this happening are slim to none.

Elise Foley

Same-Sex Couples To Be Officially Considered Families In Deportation Decisions

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that she will instruct immigration agents to consider same-sex ...

Elise Foley

Small Victory For Same-Sex Binational Couples In DOMA Challenge

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As long as the Defense of Marriage Act is in effect, same-sex binational couples won't be able to petition for the foreign-born partner ...

Immigration Reform And The Evangelical Risk

Erwin de Leon | Posted 08.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

Although the Evangelical Immigration Table has as one of its principles the protection of "the unity of the immediate family," I expect some, if not most, of these new "allies" not to fight for the dignity and worth of LGBT immigrant families like mine.

The U.S. Recognizes Straight Binational Marriages With Transgender Spouses

Erwin de Leon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services issued a memorandum last week that updates the Adjudicator's Field Manual, a guide binding all agency staff overseeing immigration procedures. USCIS will now issue immigration documents that reflect an individual's gender identity.

My Family, Together: Calling On The President To Stop LGBT Green-Card Denials

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Steve Ralls

While the White House has said it cannot approve green cards for lesbian and gay spouses because of DOMA, what it has failed to tell the LGBT community is that it can hold those applications -- rather than deny them -- as the courts and Congress decide DOMA's ultimate fate.

A Mother's Heartfelt Plea To Stop The Deportation Of Her Son's Husband

Jody Huckaby | Posted 02.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jody Huckaby

Lenora Brandoli's son John married his long-time partner, Trinidad native Michael Thomas, last year. Sadly, Thomas was recently denied a stay in his deportation case, leaving the family in fear that one of their own will be forced to leave them.

"Dear Mr. President:" Families Plead Not to Be Torn Apart

Steve Ralls | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Like most Americans, Bradford Wells never dreamed the U.S. government would try to force his husband out of the country. But because Wells and his Australian husband, Anthony Makk, are a gay couple, that is exactly the reality they faced.

One Family Divided, Under Law

Steve Ralls | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Unlike straight Americans, who have the ability to sponsor their spouse for residency, lesbian and gay couples in the same situation have few legal options for remaining together. Many are forced into exile, leaving the United States entirely.

The Economic Case for Inclusive Immigration Reform

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

The President was right to call on Congress to cross partisan lines and address immigration reform. Doing so makes good sense for families and the economy.