Podcast Episode 141: Pride Month Special — One of the 1st Gay Couples in the World to be Legally Married

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 141 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a gay couple’s landmark stand for equal rights

This is a special episode of the podcast tied to Pride Month, and I’m delighted to be able to bring you an incredible and legally-precedent-setting love story. In 1975, before anyone had even coined the phrases “same-sex marriage” or “marriage equality,” Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. But after applying for a green card for Tony based on their marriage, the couple received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. To prevent Tony’s impending deportation, the couple sued the U.S. government, filing the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history. Their story is the subject of a documentary airing on TVO Wednesday, June 28 at 9 p.m. and midnight and that will be available on tvo.org June 29.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Tony.

TVO website

The Official Site of Limited Partnership

Related Episode: These Two Dads Adopted Four Children

Related Episode: Gay Dads’ Adoption Story

Related Article: Why seeing my gay son enter parenthood made our relationship stronger

Tony Sullivan (L) and Richard Adams (R). 2010. Photo by Amy Adler

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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