Anthony John Makk has been legally married to his spouse for 7 years and romantically involved with him for nearly 20. He is also his AIDS-afflicted spouse's primary caretaker, has no criminal history, and has legally resided in the United States for decades. But on August 25th, he will be deported.
Because the Defense of Marriage Act does not federally recognize Anthony's Massachusetts marriage to his husband, he must leave him behind for a country he has not lived in for many years. Anthony's husband has severe health problems from AIDS; Anthony is his primary caregiver. And despite the fact that President Obama decided earlier this year that DOMA is unconstitutional, his administration has thus far only ignored Anthony's pleas.
Gay couples have the same right to immigration benefits as straight couples do. To deny them this is not simply unconstitutional; it is morally reprehensible. Demand that the Obama administration grant Anthony John Makk permanent U.S. residency!
I am writing to urge you to pardon Australian citizen Anthony John Makk from his deportation date of August 25th. Anthony John Makk has been legally married to his spouse, Bradford Wells, for seven years. He is the primary caregiver for Wells, who has AIDS, and he has legally resided in the U.S. for decades.
Still, the Defense of Marriage Act has made his loving marriage unequal to that of a heterosexual couple. You yourself declared that DOMA was unconstitutional; to continue to enforce it is morally reprehensible and, frankly, sickening.
It is simply wrong that a heterosexual person in the same position would never face deportation. Please, on behalf of LGBT couples everywhere, allow Anthony permanent residency in the United States.
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