An amazing piece of gay history has just died, and it’s someone I don’t think I even knew about: Richard Adams.
The Advocate has the story, and there’s also a wonderful video looking at Adams and his partner Tony Sullivan, and their battle for recognition of their “gay” marriage a good 30+ years ago. Amazing footage:
Adams and his partner, Tony Sullivan, met in 1971 in Los Angeles and were legally wed in Colorado on April 21, 1975, by a Boulder city clerk with five other same-sex couples. Later that year Adams filed a petition with the government to make Sullivan a permanent resident as a spouse of a U.S. citizen. According to reports, the couple received a letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service on November 24, 1975 that read, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.”
Here’s a snapshot of the immigration document:
Simply amazing to imagine that this is (was) our government. Note that our government recognizes gay marriages now. They just use nicer language to deny us our rights. :) Still, a lot has changed.