The Defense of Marriage Act and the Obama administration have prepared to split apart another legally married gay couple—this time it’s U.S. citizen Bradford Wells and Australian citizen Anthony John Makk. When Makk applied for permanent residency as a spouse of an American citizen, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied him because “for a relationship to qualify as a marriage for purposes of federal law, one partner must be a man and the other a woman.”
Makk has not only been Wells’ partner for 19 years, he is also the sole caregiver of Wells who suffers from AIDS. So after Makk gets shipped back to Australia on August 28th, Wells is pretty much on his own.
Representative Nancy Pelosi is reportedly working to help the couple. If Makk and Wells decide to spend another $2,000 to file a mostion to reconsider, it will at most give them 30 more days together and absolutely no guarantees.
While Obama supports the repeal of DOMA, he has not yet intervened in this case. You can call the White House and ask them to intervene (202-456-1111) and call Minority Leader Pelosi’s office to thank her for her work (202-225-4965).