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In an interview with Ocean Drive magazine, openly gay Latin pop-star Ricky Martin said that he and his hunky fiancé Jwan Yosef might get married outside of the U.S. because American President Donald Trump’s travel ban could prevent Yosef’s Syrian relatives from attending the wedding inside America’s borders.
When interviewer Jared Shapiro asked Martin about his wedding plans, Martin answered:
Planning a wedding is super overwhelming. We want to do it right, hopefully next spring. We’ll do the three-day event as I call it. And we still don’t know where we will do it, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico or in Sweden, where my fiancé is from, or in Spain, where I am also from.
Right now we’re just dealing with the invitations and everything. We also have to deal with the fact that most of my fiancé’s family is from Syria. So maybe they won’t be able to come into this country. So we might consider doing it in Stockholm or in Spain. We don’t know yet….
Trump’s travel ban prevents Syrians (and people from five other countries) from entering the U.S. unless they have a “bonafide relationship” with a U.S. citizen, such as being an immediate or extended relative, a parent, child, spouse, fiancée or in-law.
Because Martin is a Puerto Rican-born American citizen, it’s entirely possible that Yosef’s Syrian relatives could be allowed into the U.S.. However, since they aren’t married yet, Yosef’s family members don’t technically count as in-laws, so their immigration status remains unclear.
We’ve contacted the LGBTQ organization Immigration Equality for an answer. Here’s what their Executive Director Aaron C. Morris says:
The Supreme Court did not specifically include future in-laws in the list of family members who might qualify for an exception. However, assuming that Mr. Martin’s future husband is living here, his family members could apply and indicate that he is the family member with whom they have a close tie. However, the president’s most recent travel ban order halts all visas, with or without a bona fide family member exception, after October 18.
Martin, who has been doing hurricane relief work in Puerto Rico, said that he wants to make his wedding a very public event.
“We’re a modern family, and I think people need to see, and I want to normalize the beauty of our family,” Martin said. “That’s why I’m making it public and I am going to share my wedding with the world.”
Image via Ricky Martin’s Instagram