Skip to comments.Bi-national gay couples anxiously wait for marriage law
Posted on 12/06/2012 11:25:48 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
(Reuters) - Santiago Ortiz was deeply in love and, he believed, near death when he when asked Pablo Garcia to leave his native Venezuela and join him in New York. There was no time to bother with a visa. Ortiz was HIV positive and he wanted Garcia with him.
That was 26 years ago. Ortiz, an American, is still alive. He and Garcia were married in Connecticut last year. And Garcia still does not have a visa. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, blocks federal recognition of same-sex relationships.
"I told him, 'I might die tomorrow, I might die in a month,'" recalled Ortiz, soon to be 57, about that romantic moment in Caracas 26 years ago. "I said, 'Don't wait. Come now.'"
The medical treatment of HIV has advanced markedly since the 1980s. Full legal acceptance of gay marriage still has a ways to go.
Their best hope for getting the same visa a heterosexual couple would be eligible for rests with the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to hear a challenge to DOMA this year in what could be a breakthrough for gay rights in America.
Although the two men were married in Connecticut, one of nine states that allows same-sex marriage, Garcia was denied his application for permanent residence - which is routine for foreign nationals in heterosexual marriages with Americans, even when the foreigner has overstayed his or her visa.
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So, he has been living for 26 years after being told that he is dying from AIDS?
Or has he been DYING for 26 years?
Somewhere Andy Sullivan is sobbing.
Look dude. Either get busy dyin’ or get busy livin’. (Shawshank) Either way, could you do it elsewhere? I mean, as away from the US as possible?
‘Don’t wait. Come now.’
Shoulda used a rubber, huh? Oh,well...
He could try the people’s paradize of Venezuela.
suppose this guy is a bit of a drama queen?
A degenerate faggot catches a terminal disease of the body to match his interminable sickness of the mind and soul. I’d say it was poetic if I wasn’t too busy vomiting.
I have been dying for over 60, but I am looking forward to eternal life! :-)LOL!
An article about a bi-national S&M couple (Spaniard and Mexican)?
I misread that as throbbing.
He was probably doing that as well!