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Newly Engaged Gay Couple Separated by Trump's Travel Ban

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Paul Harrison, a gay Texas man, has been newly separated from his Iranian fiancé under the Trump administration's travel ban. In a video profile, the Human Rights Campaign outlines Harrison's plight, detailing the couple's 2-year-long relationship that first blossomed in Turkey. Unlike under Iran's draconian laws, which outlaw homosexuality, Turkey allowed Harrison and his fiancé to publicly show affection.

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"Initially I became sick to my stomach," Harrison told HRC, recalling when he heard President Trump had arbitrarily barred citizens from six Muslim-majority nations into the United Stations for at least 90 days. "My nausea passed and I became angry and defiant. My fiancé was just in disbelief and denial that this could be happening." 

Though Trump's updated order dropped the original explicit religious test and exclusion of Iraqi allies, Harrison said he still "feels that Muslims are being targeted in general, and Iranians in particular." His fiancé is joined by many other LGBTQ individuals, whose US visas were suddenly barred under Trump's immigration order.

Harrison is currently working overseas to obtain a visa for his fiancé, because as he underscores in the moving HRC interview, "I just want him here and I want him safe." Watch, below.

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