Agence France-Presse
March 5, 2013

Erwin de Leon married a US citizen nearly three years ago, but the Filipino is still in immigration limbo for one simple reason — his spouse is a man. De Leon and his husband John Beddingfield, the rector at an Episcopal church in Washington, were wed in the US capital which, like nine states, has legalized same-sex marriages. But the federal government does not recognize such unions, so as far as it is concerned, the pair might as well be roommates.