David and Jason’s story, shared by The DOMA Project.
From The Advocate:
David and Jason first met in a Los Angeles restaurant seven years ago. On September 7, 2012, they were legally married in New York, but since Jason is from the United Kingdom, it is nearly impossible for him to obtain legal citizenship, because the federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibits gay and lesbian Americans from sponsoring their foreign-born spouses for citizenship. Heterosexual couples in this country are readily allowed to sponsor a spouse for full citizenship.
Since they met, David and Jason have been separated 17 times. Each time Jason is allowed to enter the country, it is only as a tourist, with a 90-day visa. Together, the couple has been through enough tearful goodbyes to last them a lifetime.
For decades, same-sex couples have been separated due to DOMA, being forced out of the U.S once their visa expires, then laid at the mercy of their home country to approve their next visa. Many never even get that chance.
Before they were separated for the last time, Jason was hoping to file the H-1B three-year work visa. Days before their anniversary, he found out that he wasn’t approved. They still have no idea when they are going to see each other. They’ve spent nearly every anniversary apart.
This is incredibly strong and heartfelt; I couldn’t hold my tears. Make sure to not miss this and watch the video above.