Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law

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Findhorn Press, 2011 - Social Science - 271 pages
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The horrors that thousands of lesbian and gay couples face are detailed in this moving political and personal story of immigration and love. As Judy and Karinís legal battles reveal, when only one half of a gay couple is an American citizen, immigration struggles are confounded by the fact that the partners cannot legally marry in most parts of the United States. With resources that outline which organizations can help and what the challenges and the realities of this situation are, this reference reaches out to couples, their friends and family, and anyone interested in assisting by offering advice and camaraderie on this subset of the gay marriage issue. Royalties from the book, which is published in association with Immigration Equality and Out4Immigration, go to groups working to overcome immigration denial for gay couples.

  

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Contents

Mea Culpa in Advance
8
Dedications
9
Foreword by Elizabeth Gilbert
13
author of Committed and Eat Pray Love
17
Judy and KarIn
25
Nearly Naked on the Train to Paris
27
America vs SameSex Binational Couples
29
American Laws Ignore Us
31
Special Legislation Keeps Two Moms and Their Sons TogetherFor Now
87
We Are Contemporary Nomads
93
I Got a Work Transfer
99
Lost the Job Lost the Welcome
105
We Met in The Netherlands
111
Working on a Humanitarian Parole
127
Asylum Means We Can Stay
133
Only His Work Visa Keeps Us Together
147

Families Unvalued
33
So Who Are Judy and Karin?
35
From Cyberspace to Oregon
41
Committing to Each Other
45
Why You Should Care About Our Story
49
Our Airport Scare with ICE
53
Karins Long Goodbye
57
Fast Forward to Another Sad Airport Goodbye for Judy and Karin
59
StorIeS of other SameSex BInatIonal CouPleS
63
YoYo Geography
65
Im in One Country Hes in Another For a Year
71
Her Work Visa Keeps Us Together in America
79
His Green Card Keeps Us Together
155
Race Against TimeLegislation or New Visa
165
Risky BehaviorHaving a Partner
173
Marriage To Someone of the Opposite Gender
181
We Couldnt Become a Couple
187
Proposed Legislation for Immigration Reform for
190
Act of 2010
197
What You Can Do to Help
203
Media Websites and Sources
220
Pertinent Definitions and Information
254
Acknowledgments
266
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Judy Rickard has worked in positions to promote civil rights for nearly 40 years as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist. She served on her region's LGBT political action board for 15 years, diversity committees for two San Jose mayors, and various Santa Clara civil and human rights committees. She also has worked with multiple San Jose University presidents on diversity issues and educated political candidates and elected officials on LGBT topics. She lives in San Jose, California. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love.

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