Eric A. Manríquez and Juan Rivera

Los Angeles
California

Eric A. Manríquez and Juan Rivera were married in California in 2008 with a reception at the home of Christine Chávez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez. Juan Rivera is undocumented and because of DOMA and federal immigration laws, Eric cannot sponsor him for U.S. permanent legal residency like straight couples can. Though they would love to adopt a child, the uncertainty around Juan's legal status caused by lack of federal protections as a gay couple and because of an unjust immigration system prevents the couple from doing that. And because of his legal status, Juan is incredibly saddened and distressed that he cannot see his 89 year-old father in Mexico who is in poor health condition. Their story was told here