01/04/09 12:34 Filed in: Living In
Abbie Green and Sandra Campuzano sit
at Denny's drinking cup after cup of
coffee, talking about the twists that have
led them here to Chihuahua. A million miles
from where they want to be.
[In 1999], this couple — Green a U.S.
citizen, Campuzano, a Mexican — met in
cyberspace. Over time, their lives have
taken on the feel of a virtual unreality.
Theirs is a story of trials and
desperation, working every angle to obtain
the required visas that will allow them to
stay together. Along the way they have
given up homes and jobs, found new owners
for beloved pets. They have moved far from
family and friends, then relocated a parent
and grandparent to be near them, only to
have to leave again.
They have gone from Phoenix, where they had
hoped to make a life, to Canada, a country
that welcomes same-gender partners, to
Chihuahua, where they are struggling to get
a T-shirt shop off the ground — all so they
can live together legally in a way that
makes economic sense.
Read story, Immigration law divides gay
couples, Partners left to make painful
choice By Lisa Kennedy, The Denver
(Photo: by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post.
Sandra Veronica Campuzano Trevizo, left,
and partner Abbie Green share an emotional
moment this month outside their apartment
in Chihuahua, Mexico. The couple has gone
from Phoenix to Canada to Chihuahua in an
effort to stay together legally.)