We know that we've been quite slack since Laura has started looking for a job - but we hope you'll bear with us, because most of our time is looking at job sites!! Much less exciting than writing to you!!
However, just an update on the job-o situation-o, Laura has had a good few interviews this week (3 today alone, no lie!!) so hopefully something good will come through for her soon! Feeling hopeful and happy especially after we had a lovely Nandos-filled evening in one of our favourite areas in London!! What a view:
|St. Pauls at sunset!!|
Here's what Laura wrote to El Presidente - yes it is mildly dramatic, but so are the challenges we face as an international gay couple!!
'President Barack Obama
Dear Mr. President:
First of all, I wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
My name is Laura. I went to the
in 2007 with the intention of gaining work and life experience; traveling the globe
before I settled into the ‘real world’ back in Idaho.
As in most cases, I was taken by surprise and just over one year into my
trip, I fell in love. My partner, a
British citizen, is amazing- lovely, kind, funny, so intelligent, and the
perfect opposite of me in many wonderful ways. I could not imagine anyone else fitting me so perfectly,
and we have plans to start a great life together. We spent the last year traveling Australia and New Zealand,
and spending every waking moment with each other. Now, we are looking to move
back to my hometown of : to buy a house, work,
raise children, live, love, and laugh. It sounds like the perfect love story. There
is only one problem with our little fairytale. Boise,
My partner’s name is Sarah.
Sarah and I both graduated school, we both work, pay taxes, and are upstanding citizens in our respective countries. So how is it that, when we get married, I won’t be able to bring my beautiful wife back home with me? The thought is very upsetting. We haven’t done anything wrong, and the Defense of Marriage Act feels like a punishment for an uncommitted crime.
Mr. President, on behalf of the thousands of Americans like me who just want to bring their loved ones home, I implore you to please repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The time to proceed is now, as you’ve just been triumphant in overturning ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’. We believe you can help us put an end to the injustice and prejudice we experience daily.
After all, we are not asking for ‘more’ or ‘better’ rights than anyone else; we simply want equal rights.
I am looking forward to your reply.
And here's his reply - still can't believe I got a letter from the President of the USA!!
And now this man is the first President to back gay marriage!!
Hope you've enjoyed our Presidential blog post! :)
Laura & Sarah xo