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Things were easy in Toronto when married couple Michael Campbell
and Andrew Mason adopted their daughter Libby. Same-sex marriage is
legal in Canada, and both men are listed on the birth certificate
as her parents.
Then a little more than a year ago, Campbell lost his job. The
new job he found was in the United States. For Campbell, a U.S.
citizen, and Libby, who holds dual citizenship, the move was easy.
But Mason is a Canadian citizen. Because the U.S. doesn't recognize
same-sex marriages, Campbell is not able to sponsor his spouse and
the father of his child.
Michael Campbell and Andrew Mason with
Libby and Mason traveled back and forth to Fox River Grove,
where they now live, until recently when Mason was accepted into
graduate school in Chicago and received a student visa.
Campbell describes his marriage as a long-term, monogamous,
stable relationship that the U.S. refuses to recognize. "The U.S.
counts themselves as being the freest country in the world, but yet
it's Canada that treats us as equals and doesn't discriminate." He
hopes laws here change by the time Mason finishes school in two
years so the family can stay together.
In the meantime, Mason and Campbell spend their days working,
going to school and caring for Libby. "A lot of people see same-sex
couples as being very bohemian and, in reality, families are pretty
much the same," Campbell says. "It's the same day-to-day life as
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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