Savage Love Savage Love Letter of the Day
posted by July 2 at 7:43 AMon
I have a simple question regarding the now legal same sex marriage in California: Does it grant citizenship to foreigners who marry US citizens?
I ask because you recently claimed to have read the 140 page supreme court decision twice so I figure you’re as much an expert as anyone—at least more than anyone I know. I’m a gay U.S. American living in France. I’m able to have French citizenship under local laws, but can my boyfriend get American citizenship if we take a trip to California next time we’re visiting my family in Washington State?
My natural instinct is to say no, but it’s a pressing issue for us and it’s definitely worth finding out. If my country won’t grant him citizenship but his will, I have no choice but to leave America for a country that treats us both fairly. How can we call ourselves a free country if US citizens like myself get better treatment elsewhere?
American Emigrating for Equal Rights
When California’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay marriage in May, becoming the second state after Massachusetts to allow same-sex nuptials, Boyadjian said she was inundated with congratulatory calls from friends believing the couple’s problems were solved.
But the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirms that nothing changes with the California court’s ruling… Binational couples could make matters worse if they wed since getting married signals intent to stay in the United States.
“We cannot get married in California without jeopardizing Margot’s future visa applications,” said Boyadjian.