Heartbreaking: DOMA-Based Deportation of Married Gay Partner, Primary Caregiver

 The tide may be turning on gay marriage and other issues of equality, but this story is an important and devastating reminder that until DOMA is done for, injustice, heartbreak and forced separation will ensue.

From the San Francisco Chronicle: 

Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse.

Bradford Wells, a U.S. citizen, and Anthony John Makk, a citizen of Australia, were married seven years ago in Massachusetts. They have lived together 19 years, mostly in an apartment in the Castro district. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied Makk's application to be considered for permanent residency as a spouse of an American citizen, citing the 1996 law that denies all federal benefits to same-sex couples.

If the couple doesn't file another petition (which would likely only buy them 30 days together) then Makk must leave the country by August 25th. Wells medical condition makes it impossible for him to follow his partner to Australia, he told the Chronicle.

Read the full story here. And check out the group that's fighting their case, Immigration Equality, here.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at August 10, 2011, 4:40am

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