UPDATE: Anthony Sullivan, Gay Rights Pioneer, Seeks Reversal of 1975 Green Card Denial Based on Historic Marriage

Documentary Filmmaker Tom Miller, Anthony Sullivan, and Attorney Lavi Soloway

Documentary Filmmaker Tom Miller, Anthony Sullivan, and Sullivan’s attorney, Lavi Soloway, photographed on April 21 in downtown Los Angeles before filing the Motion at USCIS

On Monday, April 21, at 10 a.m., Anthony Sullivan, a 72-year-old gay immigrant, asked the Los Angeles Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to reopen his marriage-based green card petition which this same office denied four decades ago.


Gay Rights Pioneer Anthony SullivanAnthony Sullivan and Lavi Soloway before filing Motion to ReopenAnthony SullivanAnthony Sullivan and Attorney Lavi Soloway Leaving Federal Building USCIS, April 21, 2014
 


Sixteen months after the death of his spouse in December 2012, Sullivan returns to fight for recognition of their marriage and for a green card, this time as the widower of an American citizen. Thirty-nine years to the day since Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams were legally married, Sullivan continues to fight for the right to have their marriage recognized by the federal government. By filing a Motion to Reopen and Reconsider with USCIS, Sullivan will ask that Adams’ 1975 green card petition be retroactively approved and automatically converted to a widower’s petition, which would give Sullivan the right to apply for a green card. 


TONY AND LAVI FILING MOTION

Anthony Sullivan and Lavi Soloway Filing the Motion

TONY WITH MOTION AFTER FILING

Tony with Motion after Filing

Anthony Sullivan and Lavi Soloway after filing Motion to Reopen at USCIS

Anthony Sullivan and Lavi Soloway after filing Motion at USCIS

On April 21, Anthony Sullivan and his attorney, Lavi Soloway, gave the Immigration Service and the Obama administration a unique opportunity to correct an historic wrong and reverse the gross injustice of its denial of the 1975 petition by putting Sullivan on the path to a green card.

Anthony Sullivan and Lavi Soloway after filing the Motion with USCIS

Anthony Sullivan and Lavi Soloway after filing the Motion with USCIS


Listen to QP Exclusive: Interview with Anthony Sullivan, Equal Rights Pioneer


Read Press Release: Gay Immigrant Seeks Reversal of Infamous 1975 Green Card Denial, Based on Historic Same-Sex Marriage


Read Written Statement from Anthony Sullivan


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