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Immigrant In Same-Sex Marriage Gets Deportation Reprieve!

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Absolutely wonderful news, and hopefully a taste of things to come!

On Friday, an immigration judge in Newark, NJ granted a suspension on deportation for a Venezuelan man, Henry Velandia, who is in a same-sex marriage with an American man, Josh Vandiver.

Judge Alberto J. Riefkohl postponed the deportation until at least December, in order to "allow time for the attorney general and the appeals court to work out whether a gay partner might be eligible under some circumstances for residency."

Given the fact that President Barack Obama called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional back in February, it sounds like his administration could be getting onto the right path with regards to same-sex marriage issues.

We're very happy to hear this, and we truly hope that steps are taken to ensure that this married couple won't have to be apart come December.

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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8 comments to “Immigrant In Same-Sex Marriage Gets Deportation Reprieve!”



  1. 1

    I use to have neighbors who were in a same sex marriage (I live in Mass) and one of the women was from England. They ended up having to move overseas because they couldn't remain together in the US. It was really sad because they wanted to stay!



  2. 2

    'right path'- only if it satisfies your agenda….if it weren't a same sex couple would you care? oh yeah…it's an immigrant, can't have enough of those roaming around jersey. let's continue to over-populate a country that can barely feed itself! sounds effin' SUPER!



  3. 3

    That's a great news… People should marry whoever they want to… Live together whatever place they want to live too !



  4. 4

    Great, so just take a dick up your ass as a nice way to circumvent our legal process of becomming a permanent citizen. There you go Perez - tie gay marriage in with illegal immigration! That will surely help you. Wonder how many guys are just going to find another guy, pay him to get married in order to get into the country, then divorce. Awesome. Fucking garbage.



  5. 5

    If he came here illegally, or if he remains here illegally then he is NOT a "Immigrant".



  6. 6

    The man is a criminal because he's in this country illegally. And Perez, it doesn't matter one bit if Obama thinks that DOMA is "unconstitutional," because that isn't his call. The supreme court is the branch that rules on the constitutionality of laws when they're called into question, not the president. So it doesn't matter what "path" he takes; he's not relevant to your pet issue, and it's hilarious that you're so ignorant that you don't know it.
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    I don't care if the guy is straight, gay, bi, or totally not into sex at all. If he's here illegally, his ass should be deported NOW. Just because he's gay doesn't mean an exception should be made for him; I don't care what your politics and causes are.



  7. 7

    I heard recently that it was no longer legal for anyone to automatically become a citizen just because they Marry an American.. is this true? because if so… it seems like this would apply in this case as well…



  8. 8

    Um actully Obama explicitly stated that he is completely opposed to same-sex marriage, and that he would at most support civil unions. I don't get why everyone thinks he is such a reformer of gay rights…?