|Photo from Mark at Our Simple Lives HERE|
This is a blogging buddy of mine called Mark and his husband Fred and his adorable family of four children. They are a large family with close ties to grandparents, siblings and many close and supportive friends. Although I hate to add that these kids are all adopted, it is part of the issue I am about to explain, so I mention it only as a need to know with respect to the issues. Adopted kids shouldn't be called that. They are Mark and Fred's Children.
They met over twenty years ago, married in California and then started their family. The problem is Fred is French, in the USA first on a visa and then on a student visa. Which expires. Soon. Because of certain US laws that discriminate against same sex partners, Mark cannot sponsor Fred as a spouse like most married couples. With no sponsorship, Fred could be deported. Mark and Fred could move to France. France will not recognize that these children belong to a same sex couple. Mark would have to give up being the official "dad" of these kids. They are in a catch 22. And it's serious. A family is in great distress over this. All they want is to be allowed to legally sponsor Fred as a spouse in the USA, and to keep their family together. Fred is a hardworking teacher, student, citizen and father. He has contributed a lot to the USA, as a Resident and to society in recognizing the needs of Adopted children in America. This is a true American family, all the kids born and raised in the USA. My opinion is America needs this man. An American family needs this man.
They have met last week with immigration officials hoping for their application to be allowed. Their case even got the attention of CNN news. I wish them the best. Mark has some info on his post about how you can help HERE. Equal right have been won on many fronts...this one now needs your attention.