John D, you hit on the Catch-22 of the situation: the couples can not legally be married, and in fact, might have jeopardized Fagan's status by legally marrying in California or Massachusetts, because such an act would signal her "intent to stay" (visitors on limited visas can have their visas revoked for indicating an "intent to stay").
However, any number of municipalities in the United States have found ways to certify longterm relationships for administrative purposes. Indeed, even the sacred marriage certificate isn't enough for Homeland Security! A couple must also demonstrate that they share a residence and are financially interdependent. Even in the case immigration, marriage isn't everything, but without it, couples have no rights whatsoever.
Thank you, Brian! I love Full Frame, but it is not accessible to a casual participant. You have to really WANT to go, and you have to know what you want to see weeks in advance, because it will likely be sold out the day of the show! It's an excellent resource for those who take the time and effort to get there -- but that isn't going to draw people who aren't already documentary or indy film buffs. But then again, maybe that's not the point?
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