President Trump’s new ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations has caused thousands to protest, most recently at the JFK Airport in Lower Manhattan, according to Time.
Ellen had her own way of challenging the ban, bringing two gay Iraqi soldiers on her show to share the story of how they fell in love and came to the United States to get married.
Nayyef and Btoo met in the military and, according to Nayyef, it was a case of love at first sight.
“So I was in Ramadi, and at first we saw each other six months before we really knew each other,” Nayyef told Ellen. “And he just got out of the shower, and his hair was very black and shiny in the sun and I thought, ‘Oh my God, who’s this beautiful guy?’”
According to LGBTQNation, Nayyef was an English translator in the military who was labeled a “traitor” by militias, and applied for asylum in the U.S. after he discovered he was being followed.
Btoo was unable to leave Iraq immediately, so they talked on Skype every day for four years, at which point he was able to come to the states.
Btoo and Nayyef are now married and living in Seattle. Neither one of them has told his parents that the two are married, or even that he is gay, for fear of being disowned.
Ellen didn’t let the couple leave empty-handed, giving them a check for $25,000 to go toward the cost of buying a house.
You can watch the clip of Btoo and Nayyef on Ellen here.