Gay Couple Commits Suicide In Vancouver Canada Over Marriage Problem

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March 17, 2013 – Gay Couple Killed Themselves In Vancouver, BC Canada After U.S. Laws Prevent Marriage Recognition

…..Gay Couple Commits Suicide In Vancouver Canada Over Marriage Problem

A gay couple who moved to Canada after the US laws failed to recognize their marriage has committed suicide few days apart in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The lovers reportedly moved to Canada few weeks ago.

French acupuncturist and porn star Wilfried Knight committed suicide last week in Vancouver. Prior to his death, he wrote a series of blog posts expressing his frustration over being forced to move to Canada due to his visa expiring and the U.S.’s inability to recognize his marriage to Jerry Enriquez. Enriquez killed himself days earlier on Feb. 21.

The couple were married in Canada in 2011, but upon moving to the U.S., the Defense of Marriage Act prohibited them from being married in the states. This meant Knight was also forbidden from getting a green card sponsored by his husband.

In the blog posts, written before his suicide, Knight explained the ordeal in detail:

“Never mind our commitment, our years together, i was to be thrown out. My partner knew it and decided to look for a job in the only country that would allow us to be together and marry: Canada.

“And i know what most people will say: Why didn’t you guys marry in Washington, or California, or NYC? Well, IF YOU ARE TWO GAY MEN FROM DIFFERENT NATIONALITY, STATE MARRIAGE DOES NOT MATTER, EVEN IF ONE IS AMERICAN: IT NEEDS TO EXIST ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO APPLY TO A MULTINATIONAL COUPLE.” (sic)

Knight explained Enriquez obtained a job in Canada at sportwear company Lululemon. They left America to start a life there. But shortly after, Enriquez was fired by the company after a series of events, leaving the couple financially strapped and without employment, a visa, or health insurance.

Five months later, Knight came home to find his husband dead after he did not answer his texts.

“He had it well prepared. When i came back home worried for not receiving any answer to my texts, i found him there..hanging. I since then discovered the poor guy was on clonazepam and zoplicone to cope with the stress..which he had left there on the side with a bottle of wine he had purchased that morning…Which simply seemed aimed at me, in a way saying: “follow me and see you on the other side’.”

Knight wrote more posts saying he believed Enriquez wanted him to follow him in his suicide, as he left the pills and wine. He said it was “a last proof of love: he goes the hard way (who wants to die hanging?) and leave me the easy road.”

Following Enriquez’s suicide, Knight also found that the same laws preventing their marriage in America also prevented him from being recognized as a surviving spouse after his death, meaning all of his belongings were passed down to Enriquez’s family and not Knight.

“BUT, if you like me have met your partner and lived in USA before, purchased goods, a condo together, well, if you are not from the same nationality, even if state gay marriage exist, in the absence of a will, the living partner left gets….NOTHING.”

Knight said Enriquez’s siblings were packing up his old possessions in America and not allowing Knight access to the proceeds, though they were on good terms prior to his death.

Immigration Equality estimates that there are 35,820 same sex couples in the U.S. facing similar circumstances, meaning they are forced to comply with the U.S. immigration law and separate, live out of compliance with U.S. law or move abroad.

Communications Director Steve Ralls said in a statement:

“Suicide under any circumstance is a tragedy and in this case that tragedy is compounded. Immigration Equality was not aware of Knight’s case and it’s difficult to know all the details surrounding his and his partner’s suicide. What we do know, however, is that no couple should have to deal with the difficult circumstances our immigration laws force so many into. That’s why we’re committed to changing the law as soon as possible. The separation and discrimination couples face is very real and very painful.”

In the final post before Knight killed himself, he emphasized the point of explaining his experience.

“US OR ANY COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE NATIONAL/FEDERAL GAY MARRIAGE TO ALLOW PEOPLE LIKE JERRY AN ME TO BE TOGETHER, EVEN IF FROM DIFFERENT NATIONALITY.”

Michael Mew, Knight’s friend, said Knight killed himself only two days after Enriquez in the same hotel where they were married.

[Photo of Jerry Enriquez and Wilfried Knight courtesy of byronbeck.com – Story By Rawstory]

15 thoughts on “Gay Couple Commits Suicide In Vancouver Canada Over Marriage Problem

  1. OMG hell fire awaits these idiot who took their own life over nonsense…. This world is surely going to an end..

  2. may all guys, lesbians, paedophiles, and transexualist repent or die in the same way, in Jesus name! The chickens have come home to roast.

  3. Well I don’t have anything to say than may there gentle soul rest in peace
    Well for you people that are insulting the innocent soul
    Do you know what your family are doing behind you

    • Ola where did u expect dem 2 be? Heaven? How can u feel pity 4 dose? The bible say d soul dat sineth shal die. So if u are like dem, beta repent now or else!!! U rest in perfect hell like them.

  4. pLS ” REPENT” THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, RECEIVE CHRIST AS UR LORD ND PERSONAL SAVIOUR HS D ONLY WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE.

  5. very sad, i shld think they must have been on drugs or at least not normal to kill themslves for not being together. woman full evriwere and they are doin rubbish. they go continue for hell

  6. These two people were already dead on earth by indulging themselves into gay (homosexual) activities. I have no sympathy for them for dying in such circumstances. God go punish una more.

  7. For we all have sin and cut short of the glory of God.remember that word ”WE ALL”,we are all sinners.nobody on this earth is a saint..we that are alive today,jus av 2 pray for his grace and mercy upön our lifes,4 us to make heaven..pls dnt judge,ur own death might come now,and it may be more worst and stupid dan there own..God is the judge so leave him 4 the judgement.SHALOM

  8. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE THEM ! EVERYONE THAT IS SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO HELL WHERE EXACTLY ARE YOU GOING? WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND ALL EQUAL IN THE EYES OF GOD.

  9. No measurement for sin before God. All sin is sin no matter the one each one of us are committing whether by name or standard. All we need to do is REPENTANCE.or else it will be a pity for us all. Please dnt judgge

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