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Torn apart : united by love, divided by law

by Rickard, Judy.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection HQ1034.U5 R53 2011x
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  HQ1034.U5 R53 2011x
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 Karin's 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.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The Defense of Marriage Act and other federal legislation have forced Rickard and her British partner, Karin, to live much of their lives apart. Rickard collected stories from some of the other 36,000 LGBT couples, in which one partner is an immigrant, forced into itinerancy and convoluted living arrangements to abide by immigration requirements that don't recognize their relationships, such as resettling in a more tolerant country where neither member originates, enduring constant fear of seeing their undocumented partner deported, or opting for a sham citizenship marriage with a member of the opposite sex. Rickard recounts the byzantine hoops through which she and Karin jump, including savings-draining trips abroad every six months to keep in compliance with Karin's visa. Their story demonstrates the strain these laws take on couples and the families they are forced to leave behind much of the year. Rickard puts a human face on a political issue and offers actionable steps for her readers: encouraging them to support the United American Families Act and contact their congressmen or women. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- Case studies.
Gay couples -- United States -- Biography.
Gay immigrants -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- Case studies.
Gay immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Emigration and immigration law -- United States.
Civil rights -- United States.
Publisher Forres, Scotland :Findhorn Press,2011
Language English
Description 271 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 220-253).
ISBN 9781844095483 :
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