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NORTHWEST NEWS

Trump Appointees Weigh Plan to Build Pipeline in Oregon

If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the project, which lacks state permits, it would likely set up a court battle over state's rights

Oregon Lawmakers Ask U.S. Attorney to Investigate Whether Local Police Violated Black Man’s Civil Rights

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said this racial targeting of Michael Fesser "reflects the worst abuses of African-Americans in our nation’s modern history"

DA to Investigate West Linn Cops Handling of Wrongful Arrest

Former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus had his officers initiate an unwarranted, racially motivated surveillance and arrest of a Black Portland man as a favor to the chief’s fishing buddy

State and Local Leaders Push Back Against Fair Housing Changes

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NEWS BRIEFS

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Jury decides convicted Oregon meth dealer should lose home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Yamhill County jury has concluded that police can seize the home of a woman convicted of a felony drug crime under Oregon’s civil forfeiture law.Sheryl Sublet, 62, pleaded guilty in 2018 to to selling less than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, The...

Police seek suspect who robbed 3 Portland banks in 1 hour

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man robbed three Portland banks in less than one hour last week, according to the Portland Police Bureau.The robberies occurred Friday, The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported.The man wore glasses, a black beanie and flannel shirt.He robbed the Bank of the West on...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

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Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

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Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Ex-South African leader de Klerk sorry for apartheid comment

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president FW de Klerk on Monday apologized and withdrew his statement that the country's former harsh system of racial separation known as apartheid was not a crime against humanity.De Klerk, the last president under apartheid, caused an uproar with...

Portugal leaders rally around racially abused soccer player

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2020 Watch: Who can show strength with voters of color?

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ENTERTAINMENT

Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King for rant over Bryant

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Voigt shocked paper ran her photo with Freni's obituary

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Lizzo talks diversity, self-confidence and femininity

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fresh from winning three Grammys, singer Lizzo visited Mexico City for a private concert, surprising her fans with acoustic versions of her hits and a toast with tequila.The star from Detroit, who won best pop solo performance (“Truth Hurts”), best...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Blake Ellis CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Many same-sex couples have been stranded in different countries by the federal Defense of Marriage Act. With the demise of DOMA, that is changing fast.

Just ask Judy Rickard of California and British citizen Karin Bogliolo.

They've been together for nearly 10 years and got legally married in the United States two years ago. But DOMA, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, prevented Bogliolo from getting U.S. citizenship.

So Rickard, who is 65, and Bogliolo, 73, have been bouncing back and forth between California and the U.K. "Yo-yo people" and "love exiles" are how they describe their predicament.

And it has been costly.

In 2009, Rickard retired early at a reduced pension from her job at San Jose State University so she could spend six months a year in the U.K. -- the most allowed on a visitor's visa.

Leading separate lives also meant double expenses like rent and utilities, along with the flights back and forth to see each other.

The plane tickets cost around $1,000 apiece. Bogliolo was spending another $1,000 or so a month on a small apartment and utilities in the U.K.

"We've basically been running two households, and we were living like rich people. Rich people can go off and take trips abroad whenever they want, but we're not rich people," said Rickard. "I've had to dip into my retirement savings."

During their odyssey, Rickard and Bogliolo turned to the DOMA Project, which helped them file for a green card for Bogliolo. Those efforts went nowhere until the Supreme Court overturned DOMA in June.

Because the couple had already started the application process, Bogliolo's green card arrived soon after the ruling. She is now packing up her U.K. apartment and getting ready to move to California.

Advocacy group Immigration Equality estimates that there are 36,000 same-sex binational couples living in the United States, many of whom are married and stand to benefit from immigration benefits.

Most will have to wait four to nine months depending on where they live, said Kelly McCown, a San Francisco immigration attorney.

McCown said she has many clients who are looking forward to the emotional and financial relief from citizenship. And it's not just the couples living apart who have been spending thousands of dollars -- the ones who have managed to stay together have taken big financial hits too.

In one of her toughest cases, a Canadian woman has been draining her savings by paying thousands of dollars in travel and visa renewal costs to take care of her American wife, who is battling leukemia. But now they're able to apply for a green card.

She has worked with couples where the foreign spouse was unable to find a job and enrolled in graduate school just to get a student visa to remain in the country. Others have formed their own businesses so that the company could then hire the foreign spouse as an employee.

Australian citizen Anthony John Makk, 50, started a business in the United States so he could get a special visa and live with his American husband, Bradford Raymond Wells, who is 57.

Between visa and legal fees and more than 60 flights back and forth to Australia, the couple racked up well over $150,000 due to DOMA since they got married in 2004.

Like Rickard and Bogliolo, the couple applied for a green card before DOMA was overturned and expect to receive it any day now.

"When you really have to work to be together you appreciate it so much more, and we have worked so hard to stay together every day," said Wells.

 

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