It's the great American dream isn't it?
Fall madly in love with someone, get married, have children, buy a home and live happily ever after.
What happens though when your "happily ever after" is threatened because the government refuses to "recognize" your marriage?
What they don't tell you is that the American dream doesn't apply to you if you are married to someone of the same sex.
This is the battle that Mark is fighting right now. He has been with his husband Fred for over 22 years. They were legally married and are raising four beautiful kids. They have a home that is filled with love and strength, and yet the American government is threatening to split this family up.
Fred is a French National whose visa expired in September of this year and even though he is married to an American citizen the government cannot recognize their marriage for immigration purposes. This means that Fred risks deportation and this family risks being torn apart.
You can read this struggle in Mark's own words here. I urge you to go and see this beautiful family.
The past few months I have gotten to know Mark. He is truly a wonderful and supportive human being. It is terrible that he is having to go through this right now.
It amazes me that even in the year 2012 the United States refuses to recognize marriages of any kind. A family isn't built by a man and a woman, a family is built by two people who care about each other and who pass that love on to others. Their family is no different than mine or yours or millions of others across the world.
So please, if you want to help, please take the time to write a letter in support of Mark and Fred. We are constantly writing every day: text messages, Facebook comments, twitter updates and emails. Take an extra five minutes and write a heartfelt letter to keep this family together, or better yet call in support.
In Marks own words:
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.393 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510Phone: (202) 224-6324Toll Free: (866) 802-2833Fax: (202) 228-0604