Amos Lassen...Rickard tells us about her battle as well as what others deal with...
...Rickard is definitely qualified to have written this book. --amoslassen.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/torn-apart-united-by-love-divided-by-law-legislating-love/
"Rickard puts a human face on a political issue and offers actionable steps for her readers: encouraging them to support the United American Families Act and contact their congressmen or women." Publisher's Weekly (March 28, 2011)
"[In Torn Apart] you’ll meet people willing to fight for their relationships, expatriate themselves for their relationships, and bankrupt themselves for their relationships. This book is really a collection of love stories, detailing the lengths people are willing to go to in order to preserve our families." Angel Curtis, OutSmart Magazine (April 2011)
"Incredible tales of 'Rube Goldberg' type arrangements by American citizens simply to be able to stay with their foreign partner . . . readable and important. . . . The stories are the power and she doesn't dilute them." www.DavidMixner.com
"A compelling wake-up call . . . inspiring, often sad, even infuriating, tales of same-sex couples caught in the machinations of antiquated U.S. immigration policy . . . chockfull of ideas for how to help." Windy City Times
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"These laws force gay and lesbian families to do nothing but fight for their lives, rather than putting their shoulder to the wheel and working for the betterment of the society. And they are in a fight for their lives."
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Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage and Eat, Pray, Love
"Torn Apart is a poignant reminder that our country must change our immigration policies to keep families together, not split them apart...[This book] should instill in all of us a sense of urgency to right this wrong."
Mike Honda, congressman, California (D-15)