Limited Partnership is the love story between Filipino-American Richard
Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a
courageous county clerk in Boulder, CO, Richard and Tony were one of the
first same-sex couples to be legally married in the United States.
Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their
marriage. But unlike most heterosexual married couples who easily file
petitions and obtain green cards, Richard received a denial letter from
the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) stating, "You have
failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist
between two faggots." Outraged at the tone, tenor and politics of this
letter and to prevent Tony's impending deportation, the couple sued the
U.S. government. This became the first federal lawsuit seeking equal
treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history.