Same-Sex Marriage Dispute has Roots in Boulder
An Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades made a renewed pitch Monday for a green card in a bid to reverse a denial of their 1975 petition for legal residency.
Anthony Sullivan, 72, asked federal immigration authorities in Los Angeles to reopen a petition filed by his late husband, Richard Adams, so Sullivan can be awarded residency as the surviving spouse of a U.S. citizen, immigration attorney Lavi Soloway said. The couple wed in Boulder in 1975.
The request came decades after the couple sued and lost an early effort to win immigration benefits for same-sex married couples and less than a year after the Obama administration eased its policies on gay marriage. Adams died in 2012 in the couple’s Hollywood, Calif., home.
"It doesn’t matter how much time has passed, and it doesn’t matter how long it took to figure it out," Soloway said. "He and Richard sustained a constitutional injury for 40 years, and that should be corrected."
Claire Nicholson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, declined to comment on the case.
The agency that oversees immigration benefits began issuing green cards to married gay couples last year after a Supreme Court ruling struck down a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing married same-sex couples.