31/03/09 11:59 Filed in: Living In
It was early morning on March 13,
2000, when Leslie Bulbuk was awakened by a
phone call from her partner, Marta Donayre.
"Marta told me her company was about to be
acquired by a company in Texas and that she
might be laid off due to job duplications,"
Bulbuk says. "She said I should find myself
a nice American girl, someone who wouldn't
have to leave the country if she lost her
Although Donayre had a H-1B visa—which
allows professional workers from other
countries to work in the United States for
up to six years, she would have to return
to her native Brazil if she was laid off
and couldn't find a new job within 10 days.
Bulbuk, a U.S. citizen, doesn't have the
same legal rights to sponsor Donayre to
stay in the United States as heterosexual
U.S. citizens do.
"That was when we first felt the sting of
discrimination against same-sex binational
couples," Bulbuk says.
Read story, "Immigration won't recognize
gay unions" by I-chun Che, The Sun, January
(Photo: by Jacqueline Ramseyer, The Sun.
Marta Donayre (left), a Brazilian immigrant
in the United States on asylum, and Leslie
Bulbuk are co-founders of Love Sees No
Borders, a Sunnyvale group that publicizes
the plight of same-sex binational couples
and their fight to remain together in the