Judy Rickard

Judy Rickard

San Jose, CA

I am American. My wife is not. We are a lesbian couple, a lesbian binational couple. We suffer from DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act, and its effect on the U.S. immigration laws because my spouse is a legal stranger based on current law. We have had to be torn apart. I have had to take early retirement to be with my wife. I have had to leave behind aging parents to be a love exile. I have had to leave behind a recently-widowed sister. I have had to be separated from my wife to help care for and support my dying brother-in-law. It’s time for the U.S. to fix this problem and make truly comprehensive immigration reform. It’s time for the U. S. to stop families from being torn apart. You can follow me on twitter @tornapartbook. Or go to http://tornapart.findhornpress.com and get resources and action steps to help us all. Thanks Jose for your courage and your actions! Great meeting you at the BAYMEC dinner. So proud of you!

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