IMMIGRATION EQUALITY: SIGN THEIR PETITION TO KEEP BI-NATIONAL GAY COUPLES TOGETHER
Frances and Takako first met in 1980. In 2000, they held a commitment ceremony with their family and friends. And earlier this year, they legally married in Vermont.
Despite all of that – and because of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) – they are still facing imminent separation very soon.
Takako, who has been in the U.S. legally on a student visa, is scheduled to go out of status on July 4th. She and Frances turned to Immigration Equality’s legal team for help, and they are in the process of fighting their separation.
Frances and Takako are an amazing couple. And their story underscores why marriage equality at the state level – while a significant step forward, and a wonderful sign of progress – isn’t enough for gay and transgender couples. Until DOMA falls, or immigration laws are amended, couples like them continue to face separation every day.
Immigration Equality has launched a petition on Frances and Takako’s behalf. They are asking everyone to stand with this amazing couple and send a strong message – directly to President Obama – that he must stop deporting gay and transgender spouses and place a moratorium on those deportations until the courts, or Congress, have settled DOMA’s fate.
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