Texas Mayor Abandons Post for His Gay, Illegal Lover

Mexico City newspaper El Mundo reports that the mayor of San Angelo, a small town in the shepherding region of Texas, has resigned from his post and moved to Mexico with his gay partner, who also happens to be an illegal immigrant.

J.W. Lown abandoned his mayoral post and fled to Mexico with his lover because they couldn't stay together legally in the United States. "No United States citizen should have to face this kind of decision," Lown said. "I left my home. I left my ranch. I left a promising political career."

Residents of San Angelo were left shocked by the turn of events, but the decision that Lown was forced to make is not a unique one. Many U.S. citizens must choose between staying or leaving the country with their partners because they are unable to gain residency for their loved ones—unlike heterosexual couples who can marry and petition for citizenship. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) says that an estimated 36 thousand Americans are faced with this dilemma.

The Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996, prohibits immigration officials from recognizing gay marriages, even if they are performed in states where gay marriage has been legalized. 

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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