Renee C. Byer/rbyer@sacbee.com

Dr. Tom Knutson, left, and his partner Phan Datthuyawat, right, take their Kerry Blue Terriers for a walk. From left are Mahmalee, Trygvelie and Brictson. “Since Phan hasn’t been able to return to Thailand, I brought Thailand to him, and our house is decorated Thai style. We have a rainbow flag in our front yard ever since we got the news,” said Tom Knutson. On Monday, Datthuyawat got an official notice that, as the husband of Sacramento State Professor Tom Knutson, his green card had been approved after a 10-year struggle. They were among the first of an estimated 36,000 same-sex couples waiting for one foreign-born partner to get a green card as a U.S. citizen’s spouse. Thursday October 24, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.

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