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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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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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QP Exclusive: Interview with Anthony Sullivan, Equal Rights Pioneer
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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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#USCIS #Chicago Approves Green Card at Interview for Gay Couple Together 13 Yrs #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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Santo Domingo US Embassy Approves #Fiancé Visa for Gay Couple, Ends 5 Yrs of Travel/Separation b/w #Arkansas & #DominicanRepublic #lovewins
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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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Press Release: #gayrights  pioneer asks #USCIS to reverse 1975 green card denial based on historic #marriage http://bit.ly/1h9TYSH 
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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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#Orlando, Florida: After 8 Years Together, Gay Couple Wins Approval of Green Card at #USCIS Interview #lovewins #postDOMA
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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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13 Yrs After They Met, Gay Couple in #LosAngeles Celebrate Approval of #GreenCard at #USCIS Interview #lovewins
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Binational Couples Fight for Equality
Introduction
The DOMA ProjectLesbian and gay binational couples fight discrimination to stop the deportations, separations and exile caused by the Defense of Marriage Act and U.S. immigration law.

Mission
  • It is our mission to keep all lesbian and gay binational couples together and to welcome back the exiles from the "spousal diaspora" caused by DOMA. In most cases, DOMA is the only obstacle preventing married binational couples from achieving resolution of the immigration issue. Because of DOMA, married binational couples are faced with the very real threat of being torn apart because of expiring visas or deportation orders. Many binational couples are exiled to third countries where their relationships are recognized under the law. Still others are kept apart, left to maintain a long-distance relationship on line, by phone calls and visits. 

Company Overview
  • The DOMA Project: Stop the Deportations, Separations and Exile is a campaign launched in July 2010 by a group of married binational couples working with attorneys Lavi Soloway and Noemi Masliah, who are founders of Immigration Equality and partners in the law firm, Masliah & Soloway. Our purpose is to raise awareness of the cruel impact of the DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA) on married gay and lesbian binational couples and bring an end to that discrimination. Because the federal government denies recognition to legally married same-sex couples, they are deprived of the usual access to immigration laws that allow all other American citizens to petition for a green card for their foreign spouses.

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  • Every day in this country there are gay and lesbian Americans whose spouses deportation, separation and exile because of DOMA. This must end. We cannot sit by while the government destroys the hopes and dreams of loving couples. Join our fight against DOMA and help bring an end discrimination against same-sex binational couples. For more information on how you can get involved email us at info@domaproject.org

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  • We are actively looking for binational couples to join this campaign. Your testimonials, videos, photographs will help us put discrimination into terms that everyone can understand: its cruel impact on individual couples and families. Anyone interested in getting involved to help raise awareness of the impact of DOMA on binational couples should contact us at info@domaproject.org. All information received will be confidential. Couples who want to participate without revealing their full names or other identifying information are welcome. Binational couples who are currently in separate countries and binational couples living abroad are also welcome.