Government For Kids’ Citizenship

Aiden and Ethan Dvash Banks share pretty much everything. The 16 month old twins were born four minutes apart, from the same womb, to the same fathers and now they share the same toys in the living room of their Southern California home. citizenship and Ethan is living in California on an expired tourist visa.

Canada Goose Jackets Why? The State Department says only one is the canadian goose jacket child of an American. citizen father; the other, the genetic material from his other father, an Israeli citizen with a green card. Both boys were born in Canada. Canada Goose Jackets

canada goose coats on sale The couple is now suing the State Department with the help of canada goose deals Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. It’s one of two lawsuits filed this week by married, same sex couples who had children abroad. In each case one of the children was refused citizenship because he was genetically related to only the foreign parent. parent get citizenship. citizen to get the passport. canada goose coats on sale

cheap canada goose uk Andrew Dvash Banks had made his life with his Israeli husband, Elad, in Canada because before 2013 same sex marriages weren’t legal in the United States and Andrew couldn’t sponsor his husband. Consulate in Toronto. The Dvash Bankses had their marriage license and canada goose clearance sale the kids’ birth certificates. Everything was in order. They heard their number called; they Canada Goose sale walked up to the window and greeted the consular officer, who looked a little surprised, they said. cheap canada goose uk

“She canada goose black friday sale started off with, ‘Obviously the two of you had to use assisted reproduction in order to have your family,’ ” Andrew said. ” ‘Tell me more about that. Tell me about who is genetically related to who.’ ”

uk canada goose outlet The questions were invasive, probing, embarrassing, he said. He cried; Elad got quiet. uk canada goose outlet

canada goose black friday sale They didn’t expect this. As the children of an American citizen, the twins should both inherit citizenship. But the couple used a surrogate abroad. Each child has genes from one of his fathers. passport,” he said. “And one addressed to my son Ethan saying we regret to inform you that your application for citizenship has been rejected.” canada goose black friday sale

Despite both men being listed Canada Goose Outlet on the Canada Goose Parka boys’ birth certificates, Elad says, the government made a distinction.

buy canada goose jacket cheap “It canada goose outlet was literally black and white, on paper, your kids are different,” he said. “That cheap Canada Goose was something that any parent would have a hard time seeing, that the government is discriminating against their kids and treating them differently. It’s terrible.” buy canada goose jacket cheap

The State Department wouldn’t comment for this story because of the pending litigation. citizen parent, specifically in cases of surrogacy or “other cases of assisted reproduction.”

canadian goose jacket The discrimination happens in the application, said Aaron Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality. Embassy. canadian goose jacket

cheap Canada Goose “Treating same sex couples differently in this way is canada goose coats illegal canada goose and unconstitutional,” Morris said. “It is possible that an opposite sex couple, if they disclose that they had used surrogacy, might have the same problem. But the difference is, in every same sex couple’s case the government is asking deeply invasive questions about the makeup and the creation of the children of same sex couples. To create a blanket rule in this way that targets only one small population of people and every buy canada goose jacket single member of that class of people is discrimination.” cheap Canada Goose

Canada Goose Parka That’s how it feels to Allison Blixt and her Italian wife, Stefania Zaccari, parents of two boys, one American and one not. Canada Goose Parka

Canada Goose sale It opened old wounds for Allison, who left her life in New York to move canada goose clearance to London where she and buy canada goose jacket cheap her wife could be married before 2013. Canada Goose Canada Goose online sale

canada goose factory sale She was angry for a long time at the United States, she says, feeling like she was kicked out of her own country because she wanted to be with the person she loved. They built their life, had their first child. Stefania gave birth to Lucas using her own egg. At the embassy they were told he didn’t qualify to be American. canada goose factory sale

canada goose store “It all came flooding back and I saw all this anger and frustration and rejection,” Allison said. “But this time instead of just being about me and Canada Goose Jackets about Stefania, it was about Lucas. And I don’t want Lucas to ever feel the rejection and the anger and the hurt that I felt because of these things and because of the inequality.” canada goose store

Canada Goose Online Allison gave birth to their second child, Massi, with her egg, and he is American. Canada Goose Online

“If we had walked into the embassy that day and we had been a straight couple they never would have asked us to give proof,” Allison said. “They never would have asked us whose canada goose store eggs were they.”

canada goose Now they have to think about things like how long Lucas can stay in the States when they visit family. The family physically separates in the airport: Stefania with Lucas in the line for foreigners; Allison with Massi in the line for Americans. canada goose

Andrew and Elad Dvash Banks think about the same things. They can’t get on a plane to see Elad’s family in Israel because their son is on an expired visa. So the couples are suing for their sons and also for the children of other same sex couples.

canada goose clearance “We hope that the outcomes will help other families in the future,” Andrew said. “We hope it stops the discrimination against our community, same sex families and our children now.” canada goose clearance.