A San Francisco couple is being split apart due to a deportation proceedings that are being carried out because of DOMA.
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, and Makk is the sole caregiver for Wells, who has severe health problems.
Defense of Marriage Act was cited as the reason for the denial of an I-130 visa, or spousal petition that could allow Makk to apply for permanent U.S. residency. “The claimed relationship between the petitioner and the beneficiary is not a petitionable relationship,” the decision said. “For a relationship to qualify as a marriage for purposes of federal law, one partner must be a man and the other a woman.”
Like I said, disappointing.