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Thomas Roberts Talks to Congressional Candidate Mike Williams Whose Partner Faces Possible Deportation: VIDEO

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Thomas Roberts today talked to Mike Williams, a gay congressional candidate from Connecticut whose domestic partner faces possible deportation at the end of the month. Williams talks to Roberts about their predicament and his run for Congress.

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  1. somewhere out there there are women bemoaning the absence of these two from the gene pool. issues aside, that's a lot of handsome on one screen.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Sep 12, 2011 3:22:39 PM


  2. sharp (very) looking couple. AND especially so as they have a beautiful greyhound.
    I bet more greyhounds would adopted if a Daddy like would come with the adoption!

    Posted by: tinhouston | Sep 12, 2011 4:11:21 PM


  3. I just love how it is so obvious that his face lights up when he talks about his partner. I wish I could have that.

    Posted by: atomic | Sep 12, 2011 4:13:00 PM


  4. sharp (very) looking couple. AND especially so as they have a beautiful greyhound.
    I bet more greyhounds would be adopted if a Daddy like would come with the adoption! Oh yes, i would adopt another!

    Posted by: tinhouston | Sep 12, 2011 4:14:01 PM


  5. I am the foreign half of binational same-sex couple who faced deportation proceedings firsthand. Recent high-profile Immigration Equality couples seem to insist they're facing deportation while struggling to keep their visas and it's beginning to make me lose confidence in the quality of their legal advice.

    Ask any immigration lawyer and they'll point out the paradox and the impossibility of the situation. What this couple is facing is falling out of status and a choice of leaving the country voluntarily or overstaying. Using the term 'deportation' to describe their situation is confusing the rest of us and only continues to misinform the readers about the way deportation proceedings, and immigration in general, works.

    Posted by: Sveta Apodaca | Sep 12, 2011 5:56:19 PM


  6. I'm not convinced about the argument for not marrying in a state that has gay marriage. I think if you want to be a banner couple for an issue like this, you get married and sue the government to recognize that marriage. Unmarried straight people fare no better. His parsing of words makes him less attractive as a candidate.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 12, 2011 11:29:57 PM


  7. we're going through something similar:
    http://vimeo.com/27945782

    Posted by: gregory and guillermo | Sep 13, 2011 1:27:10 PM


  8. Sveta: I get your frustration, but few enough people understand the issues of legal immigration that they themselves conflate falling out of status and being deported. Further, in a situation like Mike Williams is in, he's in a public enough position that it would be difficult for his partner to stay while out of status.

    (I'm also in a transnational same-sex relationship.)

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 13, 2011 7:07:08 PM


  9. Eric,

    There's only one way to combat such a common and panic-stirring misconception: instead of tacitly reinforcing it through poorly conceived media strategies, we need to see more stories of married binational couples who have actually been through or currently are in deportation proceedings speaking out publicly to educate others.

    There are already many brave couples out there on the forefront of the movement, lending their voices to the cause and putting sizable dents in DOMA through immigration courts. As things stand, I completely agree with Rob that a situation like this one (unmarried in a marriage equality state, trying to avoid acknowledging relationship tie for visa purposes, and all the while admitting such a tie publicly and repeatedly on TV! How is this logical?) is a confusing way to illustrate the issues we're facing as one community of binational couples: battling separations, deportations, and exile and making significant progress at it.

    The community had faced much bigger challenges constructively and intelligently for the past two decades, in order to get us to this point of our current victories, often overshadowed and misrepresented by the media from the start. Contributing to the general public's lack of understanding by sloppy public outreach and misinformation will only set us back.

    Posted by: Sveta Apodaca | Sep 15, 2011 12:52:13 PM


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