SIGN THIS PETITION: We stand with Anthony Sullivan in his fight for recognition of his marriage to Richard Adams. The Obama administration should reverse the 1975 Green Card denial in which the Immigration Service called this gay couple “two faggots.”

Anthony Sullivan in May 8, 2014

Anthony Sullivan in May 2014

Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan in 1975 (Photo Credit: Pat Rocco)

Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan in 1975
Photo Credit: Pat Rocco

In 1975, gay rights pioneers, Anthony (Tony) Sullivan, an Australian, and Richard Adams, an American citizen, were one of the first same-sex couples in the United States to be legally married. After applying for a green card based on their marriage, Tony and Richard received an official denial from the Immigration Service in a letter that stated only: “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.”

The couple then began a high profile, ten-year legal battle, suing the Immigration Service for recognition of their marriage and became the first lawfully married same-sex couple to sue the federal government for equal treatment under U.S. Immigration law. Tony and Richard shared their lives together as a couple for more than 41 years until Richard Adams’ untimely death in December 2012.


President Obama:

We urge you to direct U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resolve Anthony Sullivan’s immigration status and recognize his 37-year marriage to Richard Adams by granting his green card petition as the widower of a U.S. citizen under our immigration law.

The time is now to write the final chapter in Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams’ fight for equality.



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