Don't let government take my wife!
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My marriage has become a beautiful story of love pursued around the world and against all odds: I met my bride, a Shanghai-based flight attendant making international flights with a Japanese airline, while she was walking on the beach at Santa Monica. We dated for several months, and every time she made a trip to the USA, I looked forward to being her tour guide. Finally I did my share of the traveling, and went to China to request her hand in marriage. Then she came all the way to the East Coast to meet my parents in North Carolina, and to see where I was raised. Finally I flew back and stayed with her in Shanghai while we organized our wedding. We made plans to celebrate with her friends and family, in 3 different cities.
From that point, things went dramatically sideways. My passport was seized due to legal complications back at home. I had to make an emergency trip back to the USA. Once again, she followed me around the world so that we could be together. Ours is the exact opposite from a marriage of convenience.
My "legal complications" arose from a case back in 2002 in Ohio, which resulted in my being registered as a sex offender. (A long story: visit http://gregkendall.com/ for full details.) The alleged crime was not a violent offense, nor the kind of offense which would make me any apparent threat to anyone in the world. Certainly not to my fantastic and beloved wife. Fact is, I shouldn't even be on the registry, but for the moment I am stuck with that bad status, the label and its stigma in society. As you can gather from my website, it has never been a secret. I am actively trying to call attention to the injustices already suffered, and to fix things so that nobody else will ever need to face what I've experienced.
Currently my government intends to take away my wife.
Only because my wife is from another country, has this marriage of ours become vulnerable to government interference. Denying the merit of our relationship is clearly discriminatory and unconstitutional. Our marriage is no less sacred than between two citizens. It is inviolable. Tell the USCIS to honor our vows.
We have only until November 15 to gather preliminary support for this petition. After that, we must submit our paperwork to USCIS to arrive by November 18, and then their decision about my wife's Visa will be finalized. There is no possibility of extension or appeal. Please help us to reach a goal of 10,000 signatures before the middle of November 2011.
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