This article was brought to my attention today and highlights a particularly poignant case.
A legally married gay couple who legally tied the knot 7 years ago in Massachusetts have been denied their application for one of the partners to be considered for permanent residency as a spouse to an American citizen. The partner in question, Anthony John Makk, is Australian and has lived in the US legally the entire time he has been here under different visa schemes. The couple have been living together for 19 years and to top off the situation Anthony is the caregiver for his spouse, Bradford Wells, who is sick with AIDS.
There is no reason to deny this petition for citizenship and Anthony seems like the ideal citizen. The rejection was cited as being based on the Defense of Marriage Act as the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.
The changes that need to happen are at the federal level, not the state level, and cases such as this seem to be based on arbitrary definitions that focus on the letter of the law and miss the point. Two people in love in a long term committed relationship that has been confirmed by an act of marriage. The gender of the individuals DOES NOT MATTER, they are humans being denies basic human rights to chose the person they wish to spend the rest of their life with.
Unless an appeal can overturn this decision it looks like the couple will have to live in separate countries or face losing the medical support that Bradford currently received. A difficult situation and one that should be highlighted as an example of how wrong this type of discrimination and close-minded bigotry really is.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!