United States Government says L.A. Gay Couple’s 1975 Marriage is Valid

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    Jun 07, 2016 8:58 PM GMT
    United States Government says L.A. Gay Couple’s 1975 Marriage is Valid

    "The United States federal government has recognized as legally valid the April 1975 same-sex marriage of Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan, approving the “green card” petition that Adams filed in 1975 for his husband, an Australian citizen. After Adams died in December 2012, Sullivan sought to have the Immigration Service recognize their marriage and grant a green card to him as the widower of a U.S. citizen.

    The green card, granting Anthony permanent resident status in the United States, was issued on the 41st anniversary of his Boulder, Colorado marriage to Richard — a same-sex marriage that remained in the record and which was never invalidated by Colorado officials."

    http://thepridela.com/2016/06/united-states-government-says-gay-couples-1975-marriage-is-valid/
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    Jun 08, 2016 1:38 PM GMT
    I'm guessing that in 1975 Colorado State officials thought such a marriage was inherently invalid. Especially when the US Immigration Service laughed at this couple for being "faggots". The County Clerk had issued a marriage license, and they were married by a qualified person (I gather from the story it may have been the MCC founder, Rev. Troy Perry whom I've met).

    But Colorado never rescinded or invalidated the license or the marriage, perhaps assuming it was automatically illegal by its nature. Apparently not, according to the US Government. A great outcome for the surviving member of the couple, but tragic it wasn't shared by both of them. After all they went through, these are among the often unsung heroes of the gay civil rights movement.
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    Jun 08, 2016 2:36 PM GMT


    The documentary "Limited Partnership" is now available on Netflix.