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David and Jason, Another Tragic Story of Gay Binational DOMA Heartbreak: VIDEO

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Missing Husband, a heartbreaking new video from The DOMA Project tells the story of David and Jason, a married binational couple separated by 6,000 miles because of the Defense of Marriage Act and an unjust immigration system.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read more about them here.

David writes:

DOMA means that legal gay marriages are not recognized federally and are not enough to bring foreign spouses of gay Americans to the US. Jason isn’t welcome to the US as a Husband and has only ever been able to visit for a maximum 90 days as a tourist.

Jason has been warned for 2 years that he has visited the US too often using tourist visa waivers. It’s currently recommended that he wait 6 months before returning, or he may be denied entry as a visitor.

What most people don’t realize is that when Jason has landed, whether or not he is allowed out of LAX airport is at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection officer. The past 2 years he has been taken aside to a small interview room, interrogated and had his luggage searched by officers suspecting he is lying about his reasons for visiting. They scoff at any explanation of the years of difficulties he’s had obtaining a visa, replying “it’s not that hard”.

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  1. The situation is much worse than that portrayed.
    Even where couples are validly married in a foreign country and when that foreign country will give residence rights to the American, none the less the USA will not reciprocate with the same treatment.

    It is an insult to all foreign countries which support the US spouse with benefits, health care system etc. that the USA will not afford the same courtesy to their national when over here in the US.
    The Netherlands, France etc need to warn the USA that it is not respecting International Family Law and is treating their nationals with less rights than are afforded to US citizens abroad.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 17, 2013 10:28:40 AM


  2. That's right folks,we should just give up the immigration fight and let the Republicans win.
    Heck no,if they want to pull their support because of the LGBT immigration issue,do it.
    It will just highlight their bigotry more and it will also show who are true allies our on the left.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 17, 2013 10:43:22 AM


  3. It's time for Marriage F'N' Equality NOW!!!!! SCOTUS should be made to watch this video and all the others arguing for an end to DOMA. DOMA inflicts cruel and unusual punishment on married couples simply because they the same gender. Stop DOMA; extend Marriage Equality to ALL STATES!

    Posted by: MichaelD1026 | May 17, 2013 11:50:27 AM


  4. Thank you bill Clinton

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 17, 2013 12:06:42 PM


  5. This could have been my story... "Lived" in Miami and Fort Lauderdale from 2000 to 2011 and was finally kicked out for the same reasons. At this point of my life after 11 years of getting questionned by rude, impolite, uneducated immigration officers I just gave the keys of the house back to the bank, wrote it off as a loss and moved with my USamerican husband to Germany (we are legally partnered in Germany since 2001). Here he has access to my pension when I die, healthcare system, residency, citizenship... Nothing of this was offerd to me while being in the US and while I spent a lot of money over there...

    Posted by: Martin | May 17, 2013 4:26:10 PM


  6. His visa was properly denied because with his marriage & frequent visits (not to mention this video!) he's expressed an intent to reside in the U.S. permanently. He should have gotten the B-2 visa first instead of making so many VWP entries to the US.
    Binational couples who want to see each other as much as possible probably shouldn't get married unless the foreign national partner is intending to overstay his visa.

    Posted by: Neil | May 17, 2013 10:53:52 PM


  7. this story is heart breaking yet demonstrated the fundamental inequities in our country - the fight for equal rights continues. regardless of DOMA being overturned or not next month, let's ensure we go to the ballot box in 2014 and support candidates who are supportive of equality. the fight continues!

    Posted by: john bowman | May 18, 2013 11:50:15 AM


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