HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Eat, Pray and Be Married

Posted October 1, 2010 at 10:53am

Author Elizabeth Gilbert paid a visit to Capitol Hill this week, and the topic wasn’t eating, praying or loving — but immigration. On Thursday, the “Eat Pray Love” memoirist met with Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Mike Honda (Calif.), as well as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to discuss gay and lesbian binational couples, those where each partner is from a different country.

The topic hits home for Gilbert, whose husband is from Brazil. In fact, she wrote a book, “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage,” about marrying her husband so he could gain U.S. citizenship.

“There are thousands of thousands of Americans who are in the exact same situation who don’t have the option I had,” Gilbert said in an interview.

The author is working with the Immigration Equality Action Fund to add a provision to the Uniting American Families Act that will help gay and lesbian Americans who want to commit to a partner from another country.

“It’s such a simple fix,” Gilbert explains. “All it would do is extend the rights that I have to same-sex couples and take people out of the horrible situation of having to chose between their country and their family.”