INSTEAD of going on a honeymoon, they’re going into exile. Benjamin Anderson, a disabled U.S. Coast Guard veteran, wed his long-term partner, Italian immigrant Mattia Lumaca, in a bittersweet Manhattan ceremony Wednesday.
Even though Anderson’s an American citizen, the pair are barred from getting immigration benefits as a gay couple by the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
So on Friday, the Salt Lake City spouses are leaving the country that Anderson served.
“This is the choice I’ve been given — my country or my love. So what do you do?” said Anderson, 55, who wore a pair of pink suspenders for the occasion.
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