Jake and Marco
I have never written my story before. I was inspired about 5 minutes ago to write this. On my Facebook, there was a story about a gay man in the states that is engaged to a man from Sri Lanka. However, they cannot get married because of DOMA. We too have a very similar story.
2 1/2 years ago, I met the man of my dreams. He is genuine, caring, compassionate, sincere, a hard worker, and above all else, he loves all of me… including my faults. What makes this special is the mutual feelings that we have for each other.
My name is Jacoby, but my friends call me Jake. 2 1/2 years ago, I met Marco. He was visiting the States from Mexico City where he is currently working as a musical theater performer. He is amazing at what he does.
Well, we started dating and have been forced to live apart for the past, almost 3 years. The immigration laws in this country are ridiculous. I live in Texas where it is illegal to marry someone of the same sex… much less sponsor them for immigration purposes. In the past years, we have only been able to rely on texting each other, the occasional visit to each other’s country, and of course web-cam. We web-cam every night… just to be able to discuss our day with each other. We have probably only gone about 15 days in the past 2.5 years without saying goodnight to each other.
We share similar beliefs about the world, similar thoughts and dreams about what we would like to have. Our biggest dream is for both of us to be able to live and work in the same city… much less the same country. But alas, we continuously get shot down with every shimmer of hope that comes our way. We both love the idea of moving to NYC or to LA so that he can follow his dreams of becoming an actor in the States and my love of art. These cities combine both opportunities for us to follow our personal dreams.
But, ultimately, we just want the same opportunity as everyone else in the is world. We want to have the ability to start putting our lives together, with each other. We need help and we don’t really know where to turn. Any information is welcomed.
Please join us in this fight. The fight for equality, not special treatment. The fight to be able to openly love and marry the man of my dreams and start a family with him. The fight to just be like everyone else… human.
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