Obama Administration, Citing DOMA, Denies Immigration Request of Married Gay Couple

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Obama administration, citing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), has denied the immigration request of a married gay male San Francisco couple and ordered the expulsion of the man who is the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

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.

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 husband and deport him. It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting. I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has contacted immigration officials on behalf of the couple and “will be working to exhaust all appropriate immigration remedies that are open to pursue.”

There is no compelling reason for the Obama administration to split this same-sex, married couple up and target half of the pair for deportation under DOMA other than to make the increasingly diminished Obama look like a strong leader to independents and Reagan Democrats.

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21 Responses to Obama Administration, Citing DOMA, Denies Immigration Request of Married Gay Couple

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    This is about as disgusting a story I’ve read of late. The Obama administration has stooped to a new low trying to break up this couple. I can’t wait to watch the election night results come on Nov. 7, 2012 and see Obama lose state after state. To harm this couple further, when one of them is AIDS-afflicted, is a comment on Obama’s total lack of a moral center. This president is scum.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    If the Obama administration prevails here, it will be a curious thing watching the HRC defend a cynically homophobic stunt in order to curry favor with law-and-order conservatives. I take great comfort in the knowledge that Obama will be gone soon. Either by impeachment (Issa is after Obama) or as a result of the 2012 election. Either way, Obama is toast.

  3. Mets Fan says:

    With approval numbers between 38% and 40%, the way Obama could turn his reelection chances around is to come out in favor of same-sex marriage, attracting the support of the 71% of under-40 year old Americans who support marriage equality and write off everyone older than 40. He’s lost them anyway.

    Just a thought.

  4. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Obama, you are a Nigger, and you should be tied to a post and whipped liker a Nigger!

  5. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Excuse me but, why are you people discussing reelection strategy?

    A gay family is the subject here. A family as good and as valuable as a straight family and one of them happens to be disabled and the Obama administration has issued a deportation decision that will either break them up, sending one spouse 9,000 miles away, or force the American half of the couple to relocate to a foreign country in order to protect his marriage. This is insane.

  6. DMason says:

    I feel a profound sense of disappointment in myself over voting for Barack Obama in the Democratic primary and then again, in the General Election. I heard the warnings, the skepticism, and I ignored them. This awful deportation case just underscores the importance of getting Obama out of office ASAP. He can’t be allowed four more years.

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  8. Harry says:

    Shameful. Each day is a new reason to dislike the Obama administration.

  9. bob says:

    when we vote for a President you have 2 choices, PERIOD. Would a McCain/Palin in office be better? we have to chose the lesser ofthe 2 evils. Now I like Obama but I think this is an injustice that I hope he corrects. I also would like to see him get tougher & stop letting congress push him around. Mr Sayingwhatneedsaying-you are an idiot & people like you with your racist comments are what sickens me. People like you are the reason its a daily fight for Americans to be able to have equal rights. Hopefully you will get what you deserve one day soon.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    As usual, I’m thoroughly confused about President Obama and his behavior. I read multiple news reports which said the Obama administration — who allegedly objected to DOMA on the merits, would no longer enforce the law, until it could be repealed by the Congress. Now the Obama administration is splitting this couple up because they’re must uphold DOMA? I’m beginning to think even Obama doesn’t know what the fuck he believes in. This is the most schizophrenic president I have even seen. Make your mind up because decent people’s lives are at stake here.

  11. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Those poor men. A loving couple and one of them is ill to boot. I’m sure they expected better from a Democratic president.

    I find it very interesting that Mr. Obama would go after this gay male couple and target one of them for deportation when Mr. Obama turns a blind eye to Mexican drug cartel members.

    Yes, Obama, in his infinite wisdom turned down pleas from lawmakers and law enforcement groups to place the names of Mexican drug cartels on their list of designated terrorist organizations.

    The “terrorist organization” designation would give U.S. law enforcement agencies the authority to use such measures as the Patriot Act to crack down on suspected drug cartel members and associates using tools such as seizing their bank accounts or imposing harsher prison sentences for gun possession.

    The issue arose during a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on border security. Top members of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 6 called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to support the designation of certain Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

    So Mr. Obama. Deport the gays but nuzzle the rifle of Mexican drug cartels.

  12. JollyRoger says:

    Obama, you are a Nigger, and you should be tied to a post and whipped liker a Nigger!

    Please, consider revolutionary suicide, for the sake of the gene pool. Or go join the Tea Party, where people sit around and say this all day long.

    Seriously… if that’s all you got, you got nothing, pal.

  13. ajihani says:

    I’m speechless over this senseless act of injustice.

    There is no reason to deport the caretaker and legal spouse of this man. Can’t the couple challenge the ruling claiming it somehow violates the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act? Where is the ACLU? The case needs to reach a national audience so the pressure on Obama will force him to pull off his attack dogs. What a despicable man Obama has turned out to be.

  14. Show Queen says:

    I am livid with Barack Obama for prosecuting the foreign born spouse of this gay American male couple and enshrining his actions under the homophobic DOMA law.

    Obama claimed he opposed DOMA but now he’s using DOMA to split up a couple where one of the men has AIDS? This is appallingly inhumane and confirms what I always suspected about Obama.

    He can call himself the gay community’s “fiercest advocate” until he turns blue but when push comes to shove, Obama is just another Christian homophobe. No wonder he chose Rick Warren to say the invocation on inaugural day.

  15. Richmond Act-Up Now! says:

    Please sign the petition to REPEAL DOMA!
    Petition ends Aug 24th (let’s keep this and other couples together!)
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/right-to-love/

  16. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Of all the odorous things Obama has done, this is the worst.

    I’m done with him. I will not vote for a man who claims he supports LGBT equality in order to siphon off gay dollars for his reelection bid but breaks up gay families in order to curry support from various demographics slipping away. This is calculated effort by the politicos in the White House who don’t care they’re breaking up a family. I am sick to my stomach this morning.

  17. TOM339 says:

    Each day, I learn to dislike Mr. Obama a bit more.

    Deporting this man, the legal spouse of an American citizen, who also happens happens to be his spouse’s caretaker, is immoral and contemptible. But Obama doesn’t give a shit about any of this.

    Now he can go out on his stupid bus tour of America and tell the tiny crowds of the curious that he is really a law and order conservative and not one of those “queer-loving liberals” FOX News claims he is every Sunday morning.

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  19. joost says:

    Absolutely disgusting. Obama says he’s opposed to DOMA but refuses to step in to help this couple remain a couple. His passive-aggressive behavior makes me livid. At least the Republicans support DOMA and have the balls to admit it. If Nancy Pelosi can’t help these men, then what? Deportation means INS will show up at their door. Not pretty. America has become a Nazi state.

  20. feminazi says:

    My heart just breaks for these men. Shame on the Obama administration for treating them like some sort of common criminals. The president can easily step in here and instruct Justice, State and Homeland Security, to back-off and leave them alone. But Obama is busy right now riding his stupid Pee Wee Herman bike around Martha’s Vineyard.

  21. TL says:

    Glad to see the support for Anthony. Check out my post. There is a link to a petition where we can at least attempt to make change and not lose hope: http://wp.me/p1DjYf-2n

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