August 14, 2012 | by Phil Reese
‘House Hunters’ features gay bi-national couple

Bogota, Columbia, gay news, Washington Blade

‘…[W]hen Ivan’s work visa expired, he had no other choice but to head back to his native Bogota, Colombia with his American husband, Devin, and their dog, Danger,’ reads the episode description by HGTV’s ‘House Hunters.’ (Photo by David van der Woude via Wikimedia)

WASHINGTON — HGTV network’s “House Hunters International” will air an episode on Monday featuring former Washington, D.C. residents Ivan and Devin, a married gay bi-national couple forced to move to Colombia after Ivan’s work visa expired.

“Ivan and Devin, built a life together in DC: they worked jobs they loved, shared their home with their beloved dog and exchanged wedding vows,” the show says on its site. “But when Ivan’s work visa expired, he had no other choice but to head back to his native Bogota, Colombia with his American husband, Devin, and their dog, Danger.”

In a post on its site, Immigration Equality highlighted the impact that the Defense of Marriage Act has on married same-sex bi-national couples like Ivan and Devin, whom federal immigration law consider legal strangers.

 

2 Comments
  • Thanks for posting, Phil! This spotlights the issue we fight so hard to fix – same-sex binational couples and families with kids being forced to leave the U.S. when the American spouse cannot sponsor the non-American citizen spouse for immigration. Until DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act, is not the law of the land, this will keep happening. I appreciate your help in sharing our stories to help us all.

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