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Binational Same Sex Couples

A Gay Shotgun Wedding

J.J. Stranko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J.J. Stranko

I never thought I'd be planning a shotgun wedding. Nobody's pregnant; in fact, we're two guys, so we couldn't if we tried. The problem is that after all this waiting and witnessing the triumphant march toward equality, we only have three days in late October to legally marry.

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.

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.

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.

It Works! DOMA Decision Stops Deportation Of Gay Immigrant

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices

The Supreme Court's landmark decision to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and essentially nullify California's gay marriage ban...

Ding, Dong! The Witch Is Dead

Jason Howe | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

What does it feel like to be like everyone else? As I write this, I can hear my daughter Clara squealing from her high chair in the kitchen as Papá -- who can now become a citizen because I can sponsor him -- tells her not to plaster herself with yogurt.

Elise Foley

Binational LGBT Couple On DOMA: 'We Have Our Lives Back'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Judy Rickard rose early in California on Wednesday, opened SCOTUSblog and waited, with her wife, Karin Bogliolo, at her side. Rickard ha...

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.

A Story of Three Flags: Mine, Hers and Ours

Judy Rickard | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

This tale of three flags is our nightmare. It made me take early retirement. It made us spend months apart, in different countries, until I quit my job years earlier than planned. My flag, my country, won't let me sponsor her flag, her citizenship, her gender, for U.S. immigration

Living in DOMA's Shadow, Now Waiting Under the Bus for SCOTUS to Seal Our Fate

Judy Rickard | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

I spend too much time and money on DOMA, my personal and community enemy since I met my wife in 2005. Because of DOMA, my life has been turned upside down, my pockets turned inside out, my future blurred. DOMA has made me do some things that no American should have to do.

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.

A Chat With Obama: Immigration Equality for LGBT Families

Bob Bragar | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Bob Bragar

One doesn't often have the opportunity to make a quick remark that might affect the course of U.S. policy. I got that chance in an unexpected conversation with Barack Obama in 2007.

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.

Elise Foley

Lindsey Graham Threatens To Pull Support From His Own Immigration Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he would pull support from his own immigration reform bill if his fellow Judiciary Committee members ...

Why The U.S. Needs Immigration Reform: Our Story

Megan Evans | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Megan Evans

I'm British and have lived in the UK my whole life. I never expected to find myself with a partner from another country. Having to deal with the distance was hard enough, but what happens when one partner can't expect to be sponsored for citizenship in the other's country?

Shame On The 'Gang Of Eight': History Will Remember That You Left Out The Gays

Todd Fernandez | Posted 06.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Fernandez

You decided to exclude the gays, the people who worry everyday that their partner will be deported, who watch their partners cry because they can't visit a sick father, who believe in the justice we seek for all immigrants because the suffering is identical and must end for us all.