(Ariana/U.S./Colombia — Diana/Colombia) — Brooklyn, NY: Ariana and Diana met over a decade ago through the Latina lesbian community while living in San Francisco. At the time, Diana was simply looking for sanctuary after enduring tremendous violence, both anti-gay and otherwise, in her home country. Now married and the mothers of 2-year-old Gabriela, they dread the thought of their family being torn apart because of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Lesbian and gay binational spouses from across America are asserting their equality by petitioning for green cards based on their marriages and demanding equal treatment under federal law. They are sharing their personal struggles living under the Defense of Marriage Act to end this prejudicial law, while ensuring their experiences are archived as history that should be learned from and never repeated.
A gay rights activist since the ’70s, Judy Rickard has been highlighting the struggles of same-sex binational couples since falling in love with Karin, a U.K. citizen. Now married, they are advocating for green card applications like theirs to be held in abeyance while DOMA proceeds through the courts, or is repealed by Congress. Judy is the author of Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law.
(Becky/U.S. — Sanne/Netherlands) — Asheville, NC: Becky and Sanne first met while traveling around India several years ago. Though able to live freely in The Netherlands, the first country in the world to grant full marriage rights to same sex spouses, they are raising their 2-year-old daughter, Willow, in Asheville, North Carolina, near the family, mountains, and community they love.
(Yohandel/U.S./Cuba — Daniel/Mexico) — Miami, FL: Ever since they first locked eyes across a South Beach dance floor, Yohandel and Daniel knew they were meant to be together. Following their wedding in early 2012, Daniel overstayed his visa to remain in the U.S. knowing the risks and sacrifices it entailed. Yohandel, a Cuban immigrant, contrasts the breach of civil rights inherent in DOMA with the free U.S. his father told him about before moving to this country.
Once upon a member of the UK boy band, Bad Boys Inc., David W. Ross brings to light the harsh reality for binational same-sex couples in America in his upcoming feature film, ‘I Do’. Here, he discusses his inspirations for telling this story as well as his decision to come out of the closet despite what it could mean for his career as an actor in Hollywood.
There’s been much in the way of positive change since we kicked off the Devote Campaign and the trailer is proof. Thank you so much to KT Tunstall for taking time out from her busy schedule to provide narration. Check it out, spread the word, and keep in mind that we are on the look out for subjects with incredible stories about why they are committed to LGBTQ equality.
Brian and Alfonso are a binational couple living the Bay Area, where Alfonso first came from Mexico 21-years-ago. Because the US Government continues to enforce DoMA and will not recognize their marriage, Alfonso is facing deportation. *This video is part of an ongoing collaboration with Stop the Deportations – The DOMA Project (www.stopthedeportations.com)