Gay Widower Seeks Green Card

    NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 28: An immigrant prepares to become a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony at the district office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on January 28, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Some 38,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens at the Newark office alone in 2012.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    A 72-year-old Australian man asked federal immigration authorities in Los Angeles on Monday to reopen his 1975 petition for a marriage-based green card, some 39 years after he and his husband wed. Anthony Sullivan of Australia was married to his late spouse, Richard Adams, in Boulder, Colo., by a county clerk who was offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples. When they returned to California, Sullivan applied for a marriage-based green card from Immigration and Naturalization Services. The response he received from the agency was a letter that said “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.” Adams passed away in 2012, but Sullivan’s fight could be an important one for the immigrant spouses of gays and lesbians.

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