U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has gone to bat for a binational gay couple, asking the Obama administration to let Genésio Oliveira return from Brazil to live with his husband, Tim Coco, in Massachusetts.
The couple married in 2005 and own a home in a Boston suburb. Oliveira was sent home in August 2007 after losing an asylum case based on anti-gay persecution he said he experienced in Brazil. He also lost a case this year in which he sought to return to the U.S. based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen.
Kerry is a co-sponsor of a bill in Congress to extend spousal immigration rights to same-sex couples. The reality is that this couple reflects a situation dramatically impacting the lives and relationships of thousands and thousands of gay couples, and it cannot go ignored or understated without hindering the happiness and dreams of a large measure of our community. So boring though this issue may seem, it is a cause worth fighting for; an admirable task worth noting. Thank you Senator Kerry for taking the lead.