The woman at the consulate told them that she could require a DNA test to show who the biological father of each of their twins was.
Without the test, neither son would get U.S. citizenship. Although Andrew and Elad knew that Andrew was Aiden’s biological father and Elad was Ethan’s, they weren’t planning on revealing that information.
"I started crying," Andrew told NBC News. "These are twins, how can you differentiate between them? They were born minutes apart."
Andrew and Elad submitted the DNA test results reluctantly. Then, they just had to wait. Could you imagine?
Finally, they received one large and one small envelope from the U.S.
The large one had Aiden’s passport in it — he was a U.S. citizen. The small one told them that Ethan’s application had been denied. Only one of their twin sons had been granted U.S. citizenship.
Ethan was only able to come to the U.S. on a tourist visa.
Now, they’re suing. Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ+ advocacy nonprofit, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ethan on Monday, January 22. The suit accuses the State Department of discriminating against same-sex binational couples.
You can watch Andrew and Elad's story in their own words here:
Andrew and Elad hope that the amplification of their story will help other families who find themselves in similar situations.
“Maybe it’s a very small change, but it will help a lot of other people,” Elad said. “I think what we’re doing right now fixes something that is not fair and fighting for what’s right.”