Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Polish journalist to be deported due to his bisexuality

Ivo Widlak posted a plea for help to the BiNet USA Facebook and I spoke with him today to hear more of his story. 
 In summary, he's a Polish-born bisexual man who's been in the US since 2001 and has been married to his bisexual wife for 10 years.  Someone in the Polish community of Chicago informed the office of Immigration that he was a homosexual and not really married to his wife.  He protests this as does his wife.  If you have a comment you'd like to share on Ivo's story please leave it in the comments as I will be writing a story ASAP on this for the Huffington Post since Ivo's deportation hearing is 12/20/2012. 

This truly seems to be a case of the law not understanding or respecting the reality of the bisexual orientation.  If Ivo was in a same sex relationship, he would not be deported for the Obama administration has stated that foreigners who are same-sex partners of American citizens can be included under an Obama administration policy suspending deportations of some immigrants who pose no security riskIf Ivo was straight he would also be safe, but because he and his wife are both bisexual their marriage, love and ability to live in the US is threatened.

Ivo Widlak is also a respected international journalist as you can see from his Wikipedia and professional website pages:

Ivo's wife Lale was quoted in a Chicago Polish paper as saying,
"Words cannot express how I feel about this case. The fact that I will lose my best friend and husband after 10 years of marriage. A bond we created with God, is being judged and scrutinized because we don't reflect the 1950's image of marriage. You can't tell me that our marriage is not consummated because we are bisexual.  When I look at my husband he is not the man I married 10 years ago. This case has rendered a negative impact on our marriage and Ivo. And is slowly chipping away at his pride, energy, ambition and self-esteem." -

What else can we do for Ivo?  Anyone have direct email contacts with LGBT Immigration groups, ACLU, GLAD, Lambda Legal?