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Married Bi-National Gay Couple Bradford Wells & Anthony John Makk Win Deportation Reprieve

Back in August we reported on A story about how the U.S. Goverment was denying immigration rights to Bradford Wells & Anthony John Makk. Wells & Makk were legally married in Massachusetts in 2004, but thanks to DOMA their marriage is not federally recognized. Makk, who is a native of Australia, is Wells’ primary care-giver; Wells suffers from AIDS and has been ordered to leave the country.

But now thanks to the personal intervention of their representative, House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif (and no thanks to the Obama Administration) Wells and  Makk, have won a two year stay against the threat of deportation.

“We’re still dizzy from the news,” said Makk. “We are elated.”

“I’m relieved, really excited and relieved,” Wells said. “I am so grateful I don’t have to worry about Anthony being taken out of the country.”

According to the letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Makk today saying he was granted “deferred action” on his case for two years because of  “an exercise of prosecutorial discretion” that allows the agency not to pursue deportation for a specific period.

Pelosi broke the news to the couple herself and issued a statement calling the resolution of the case “a personal victory for Bradford and Anthony” that “keeps this loving couple together.” She said she would continue to fight for repeal of DOMA.

Great news for Bradford Wells & Anthony John Makk but lets not forget that there are thousands of married gay couples who face the same haunting problems and more due to DOMA and who don’t have such powerful people step forward on their behalf. 


Source: SFGate


Will Kohler

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