Cristina and Mariama got married in France two years ago, after being together for thirteen years. Soon after their wedding, they moved to Bulgaria, a country they cherished for four years before moving their entire home to Sofia, the country's capital.
Mariama is a French national and her wife is Australian. Just like thousands of couples who move from one EU country to another every year, they were sure the same freedom of movement laws would apply to them.
But Bulgarian authorities denied Cristina the right to stay in the country – just because they're two women in a relationship and same-sex marriage is not allowed in the country.
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