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Binational Couples Fight for Equality
Binational Couples Fight for Equality

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#Boston #Lesbian Couple Who Beat Deportation to Pakistan with The DOMA Project Wins Green Card Approval After 6 Yrs Together! #lovewins 

Jackie and Gloria joined The DOMA Project in 2011. We produced this video with their help to advance our education and advocacy efforts: http://bit.ly/1rkROFm

Jackie and Gloria were college sweethearts who first shared their story with The DOMA Project and then through local and national media began to advocate for an end to deportations of lesbian and gay spouses, and particular, the institution of an abeyance policy for green card cases filed by same-sex couples. Read their story here: http://bit.ly/1iImQpV
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#AP: Pioneering Gay Activist Continues Fight for Approval of 1975 Marriage Based #GreenCard Petition http://bit.ly/1mt96Qs

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LISTEN: Gay rights pioneer, Anthony Sullivan, talked to Queer Public as he prepared to ask USCIS to re-open the marriage-based green card petition that had denied by the Immigration Service in 1975 with a one sentence letter calling him and his husband "faggots."

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Press Release: #gayrights  pioneer asks #USCIS to reverse 1975 green card denial based on historic #marriage http://bit.ly/1h9TYSH 
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Congratulations to Hector & Steven, a married gay couple whose #greencard was approved by #USCIS in Miami #lovewins #postDOMA
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Green Card Approved by #USCIS for Gay Couple in #Orlando, Floria After 14 Years Together #lovewins #postDOMA 
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#USCIS #Chicago Approves Green Card at Interview for Gay Couple Together 13 Yrs #lovewins #postDOMA
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#Orlando, Florida: After 8 Years Together, Gay Couple Wins Approval of Green Card at #USCIS Interview #lovewins #postDOMA
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NY: Almost Separated By Border Officials in 2013, Gay Couple Together 4 Yrs Celebrate Green Card Approval Today #lovewins
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Pioneering Gay Couple Wins #GreenCard Approval, After 9 Yrs Together, Winning 4 Yr Battle Against #Deportation #lovewins 

Here's how it all started, when Doug and Alex courageously came out into spotlight and took their fight public by joining The DOMA Project in October 2010, becoming our the first of three couples facing deportation because of DOMA who demanded that their marriage be respected. Read their very first post to our website, here: http://bit.ly/1g2w77C

Doug's son, Kenny, then 26 years old, wrote this moving post for The DOMA Project website imploring the Department of Homeland Security not to deport his stepfather, Alex, to Venezuela. Read it here: http://bit.ly/1inxPBc

Doug's sister Cecily also joined our advocacy effort to stop the deportation. We posted this moving letter that she wrote, just before Alex's hearing in July 2011. Read: http://bit.ly/PWtRZj

Doug & Alex were not used to sharing their personal life with the media and a broad audience, but they invited this reporter to their home to conduct this interview in an effort to educate others about the struggle of binational couples. Read: http://bit.ly/1ebCURz

Doug & Alex were featured on this local CBS news program in February 2011: http://bit.ly/1oIpY9W

An incredible, diverse and energetic crowd turned out on the sidewalk across from the San Francisco Immigration Court in July 2011, for what was supposed to be Alex's last deportation hearing to protest and show their support. They were vocal, and organized and featured speakers from a wide range of organizations. We especially thank Out4Immigration for being the backbone of that protest that brought so much attention to the way in which DOMA was tearing apart LGBT families. The judge refused to allow the deportation to go forward and postponed the case on her schedule for 33 months, giving the government 60 days to inform the court whether it would drop the case altogether. Watch the video of the protest here (shot by Sean Chapin): http://bit.ly/1lMEXOb

We celebrated our first victory for Doug & Alex on August 20, 2011 when the Immigration & Customs Enforcement notified the Immigration Judge that they would agree to "administratively close" the deportation case against Alex, 12 years after he came to this country, and six years after he and Doug first started to live together as a committed couple. This was an ground breaking victory at the time, as it was only the second time the government agreed with our demand that ICE apply prosecutorial discretion guidelines to stop the DOMA deportation that would have otherwise torn apart a gay couple. (The first case was involved another pioneering The DOMA Project couple, Josh & Henry in Newark Immigration Court. It would take another 12 months of advocacy to persuade the Department of Homeland Security to specifically issue a memorandum confirming that LGBT families, specifically same-sex couples, were meant to be included in the June 2011 prosecutorial discretion guidance.)  http://bit.ly/1gGdlCt
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