Bi-National Gay Couple in San Francisco Granted Deportation Stay
Meanwhile a bi-national gay married couple in San Francisco has won a reprieve against a deportation order that threatened to tear them apart. Bradford Wells, a U.S. citizen, and Anthony John Makk, an Australian national, have lived together for 19 years and were among the first same-sex couples to legally marry in Massachusetts. Makk has faced deportation after the Obama administration denied him and his husband the same immigration benefits routinely given to opposite-sex couples. The decision is based on the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law known as DOMA, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples. The Obama administration has said it would no longer defend DOMA in the courts, but the law still remains in effect. On Wednesday, Makk was told he had been granted a temporary stay on the deportation order allowing him to remain in the United States for two years.
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