On Monday evening, HGTV’s hit series House Hunters International will profile the story of Ivan and Devin, a binational couples who previously lived in Washington, D.C., but have been forced abroad because of DOMA’s impact on LGBT couples.
“Ivan and Devin, built a life together in DC: they worked jobs they loved, shared their home with their beloved dog and exchanged wedding vows,” the show says on its site. “But when Ivan’s work visa expired, he had no other choice but to head back to his native Bogota, Colombia with his American husband, Devin, and their dog, Danger. Ivan’s mother is delighted her son is back home and has extended her indefinite hospitality, but the couple agrees it’s time to find their own digs. With few dog-friendly buildings, and an extensive wish-list, real estate agent, Sam Miller has his work cut out for him. But will he deliver the goods? Find out, when House Hunters International sets its sights on Bogota, Colombia.”
Ivan and Devin are one of countless couples who have been forced into exile because U.S. immigration law does not allow LGBT Americans to sponsor their foreign-born spouses for residency. Because of DOMA, couples are too often forced to choose between separation or living abroad. While 29 other countries recognizes LGBT couples for immigration purposes, the United States continues to deny equal immigration rights for those families.
House Hunters International airs at 10:30pm ET on Monday, August 13th on HGTV. Ivan and Devin’s story repeats again at 1:30am ET.