- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Findhorn Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844095487
- ISBN-13: 978-1844095483
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,526,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law Paperback – April 1, 2011
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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/
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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."
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)
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The book begins with a forward by Elizabeth Gilbert, celebrated author of "Eat, Pray, Love," who is happily married to a man from Brazil. She points out the hypocrisy that they never had a problem being together, since immigration law allows citizens to bring in their fiancés, citizens or not. The fact that same sex couples are denied similar treatment, simply because we don't have the option to marry under federal law, has made her an activist for a change in policy to eliminate this blatant discrimination, and inspired the author to tell her story.
Judy Rickard and her partner Karin, a British citizen, have endured long separations and taken trips simply to be together as much as possible. She also introduces us to over a dozen additional couples with similar (and worse) stories, with tales of their partner being dragged from their home in the middle of the night, of forced, immediate deportations, living in exile to avoid prosecution, having to pay thousands in legal fees while fighting life-threatening illnesses, The book covers idiosyncrasies in existing rules for "green cards", student and work visas, binational citizenships, and humanitarian visas that work against same-sex couples. And it discusses how such couples may choose to arrange "sham" marriages to opposite sex partners, just to get the opportunity to be in the same country together.
It's a powerful indictment of a legislative policy, formed in the name of homeland security that is running amuck and violating the basic rights of thousands of Americans. The book includes an extensive appendix of research sources, applicable legislative cites, proposed laws, and things you can do to help. All royalties from the book are being donated to lobbying groups involved in the effort. Not an easy read, but an important one. Five stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
It is a smooth read and I guarantee you won't want to stop reading. Teachers, take this book to your classroom and spread the awareness because we need the change that this book is asking for.