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Legally Married American Gay Couples Face Split if One Isn't Citizen

In the U.S., many legally married gay couples are now realizing that one of the individuals in these marriages, faces deportation.

Under DOMA, or the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, marriages in states that recognize same-sex marriages, aren't recognized by the federal government. It would be as if 100 years ago, a marriage in Vermont between an interracial couple, in which one of the persons was a foreigner, wasn't recognized by the federal government.

Who are these individuals? Well, they are Violeta and Sujey Pando. Under DOMA, Sujey can't sponsor Violeta, a Mexican citizen, although they were married in Iowa.

Bradford Wells, a U.S. Citizen and Anthony John Makk, a citizen of Australia were married seven years ago in Massachusetts. A longer period than the marriages of many heterosexuals. John has cared for Bradford, who is very sick and who requires John as a careiver. A role, along with spouse, that John is very willing to provide as long as our government does not deport him and separate this married couple.

Is this an example of the "moral values" from those who wish to deny equality and equal rights to gay couples? Is this the "traditional values" that are supposedly under attack?

Fear can work, but it can only work so long. If a religion believes that gays are wicked for wishing to marry the person they have been together with for years or even decades, so be it.

But, in our secular republic, all are equal under the law. All.


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