During the Superbowl, the internet search giant Google ran a very clever ad, that featured the story of a long-distance romance which, thanks to help from Google has a happy ending...
For tens of thousands of "other" couples in long distance relationships, this ad is the opposite of the reality they live with every day.
Binational couples are couples in which the partners come from different countries. Nineteen nations allow their citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners for immigration benefits. Unfortunately, the United States does not.
Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, even same-sex couples who have been legally married in U.S. states or foreign countries are not able to immigrate based on their marriage
The odious, foul, misnamed and I might add, completely uncostitutional "Defense of Marriage Act", legally bars same sex couples from the Google ad's 'happy ending'.
For the more than 40,000 binational same sex couples in the United States, Google's ad should really look like this...
For more information on issues of Immigration Equality and to find out what you can do to help, check out immigration equality's website.