DOMA and Deportation of Gay Spouses

I received the following plea from Change.org on behalf of a married gay man facing deportation due to the DOMA barrier. It’s time to fight.

Save Doug and Alex’s marriage, and stop deporting same-sex spouses!

Sign the Petition

Doug Gentry and Alex Benshimol have built a life together in Cathedral City, CA. Last year, they got married in Connecticut.

Now, they may have to decide between staying together and staying in the U.S.

Doug is American, but Alex came to the U.S. from Venezuela on a tourist visa 12 years ago and is now under threat of deportation.

Because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Alex can’t apply for a green card through Doug even though they are legally married.

On July 13 in San Francisco, Alex will face a deportation hearing.

Grassroots organization Out4Immigration is urging President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano to prevent couples like Doug and Alex from being separated by DOMA and U.S. immigration law. Click here to sign their petition to save Doug and Alex’s marriage and stop the deportation of spouses.

There are at least 26,000 binational gay couples throughout the U.S., but American law treats them as legal strangers.

These couples face impossible choices. Many live with tremendous insecurity in the U.S., the threat of deportation hanging over them. Others are forced to leave to make a life in one of the more than 20 countries that recognizes same-sex marriage.

We’re at a critical point. Last week, federal officials dropped deportation proceedings against a man in New Jersey whose husband is American. Their decision may signal potential for wider policy changes affecting binational same-sex couples — and a way forward for Doug and Alex.

Strong public support for Doug and Alex — and couples like them — could help their case as well as swaying federal decision-makers considering major reforms to U.S. immigration policy.

Please sign here to save Doug and Alex’s marriage and prevent other families from being torn apart in the future:

http://www.change.org/petitions/save-doug-and-alexs-marriage-and-stop-deporting-our-spouses

Thanks for taking action,

– Eden and the Change.org team

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Disclaimer: The information, comments and links posted on the blog do not constitute legal advice. I will not respond to any specific legal questions in the comments section of this blog. Read my entire disclaimer.

copyright 2011 Irene C. Olszewski

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