09 Aug '11, 10pm

S.F. Gay Couple Lose Immigration Battle | Care2 Causes

U.S. born Bradford Wells and Australian born Anthony John Makk have been married for seven years after having wed in Massachusetts, and have been together for 19 years, but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services this week denied Makk’s application for permanent residency as a spouse of an American citizen because the federal Defense of Marriage Act bans the federal government from treating same-sex partners as married. From the San Francisco Chronicle: The decision was issued July 26. Immigration Equality, a gay-rights group that is working with the couple, received the notice Friday and made it public Monday. Makk was ordered to depart the United States by Aug. 25. Makk is the sole caregiver for Wells, who has severe health problems. “I’m married just like any other married person in this country,” Wells said. “At this point, the government can come in and take my ...

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