“If you want to marry someone from another country, and you’re a US citizen, chances are your spouse could also gain citizenship through marriage. That is, if the marriage is between a man and a woman. This path to citizenship is not available to gay couples because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.”
That in a nutshell is the problem facing Ken Thompson and Otts Bolisay, a binational gay couple recently interviewed by KUOW’s Liz Jones.
As Ken and Otts and thousands of other binational same-sex couples wait to learn whether the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the anti-family law, they are sharing this video of their friends describing what Ken and Otts’s absence would mean to them. The video was recorded two weeks before Otts’s forced 2007 departure from the USA.
According to Immigration Equality, “An estimated 36,000 couples who are raising more than 25,000 children within the United States (and countless others already living in exile) are impacted by the inability to sponsor their spouse or partner for residency under current immigration law”.