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Sweden: Married Ugandan Couple Allowed to Stay

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Remember that gay couple from Uganda who met (and married) in Sweden and was threatened with deportation back to the very un-gay-friendly Uganda? Well, Gay Star News has good news:

Lawrence Kaala obtained a residency permit in Sweden yesterday (28 February), after fears he would be deported back to native Uganda with its strict anti-gay laws. Earlier this year, Kaala and his partner Jimmy Sswerwadda legally married in a church, an apparent first for a Ugandan gay couple. But as soon as they married, Sweden’s Migration Board (SMD) issued a deportation order for Kaala.

We’re thrilled for the couple – what a great wedding present!

USA: DOMA Often Forces Deportation of Same Sex Spouses

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

USA: DOMA Often Forces Deportation of Same Sex SpousesKelly Costello and Fabiola Morales had a storybook wedding in the summer of 2011, with 12 bridesmaids and matching white gowns. Their fathers gave them away at a Unitarian ceremony in the District, and both extended families were on hand for dancing and champagne afterwards.

But because of a law that denies federal rights and benefits to gay spouses, the Potomac couple could soon be forced to live 4,000 miles apart. Morales, a registered nurse with two U.S. academic degrees, is a native of Peru. If she were a man, Costello could automatically sponsor her for a green card. But because they are both women, Morales could become deportable as soon as her student visa expires next year.

“We love each other. We want to share our lives and raise a family and be happy like everyone else,” said Morales, 39, who came to the United States six years ago and has since been hopping between work and student visas. “Our families are very supportive. We are good people and we have worked hard to make a contribution. We deserve equality.”

Authored By Pamela Constable – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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USA: Bi-National Gay Couple Fighting Deportation

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Jon Evans and Nedo Stankovic are fighting against time. One year ago, the couple was married in a ceremony in New York City’s Central Park. Now they are anxiously hurtling toward February 2013 when Stankovic’s student visa will expire, putting him in danger of being deported to his native Croatia.

Evans and Stankovic plan to make a last-ditch effort to remain together as a married gay bi-national couple in the U.S. by applying for a green card this fall. Their only hope is that President Barack Obama orders all decisions on green card petitions to be put on hold until the Supreme Court rules on the Defense of Marriage Act.

“All he has to do is put the green card applications in abeyance,” Evans said in an interview. “It’s not accepting them. It’s not denying them. It’s just putting them on hold. This is something he could so easily do. We need him to act now. We need him to be responsive to our community.”

Authored By Catherine Pickavet – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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USA: Homeland Security to Consider Binational LGBT Couples’ Marriage Status Before Deportation

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

After pressure earlier this week from Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a coalition of more than 80 Democrats, Homeland Security says it will consider the partner status of gay potential deportees. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed:

The department has issued a new policy governing the issuances of “Notice to Appear” documents, which is the step that starts removal proceedings, which can lead to deportation. The new policy will put the policies of U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services — which considers green card applications — in alignment with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement policies for “low priority” enforcement cases, according to the department — which means that USCIS won’t likely issue the notices unless other negative factors, like a criminal record, are found. A spokesman did not respond to an immediate request for a copy of the policy.

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US Judge: Halt Deportation of Gay Spouse

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

San FranciscoA U.S. Immigration judge on Thursday afternoon halted deportation proceedings against Alfonso Garcia, the bi-national spouse of a gay man, and instead ordered that a routine green card petition process be initiated.

While seemingly “routine and unremarkable” that the judge ordered a Green Card petition case be heard — and stopping the deportation — the mere fact that the judge and the government lawyers acknowledge Garcia’s being legally married to his American husband Brian Willingham, is a victory for gay and lesbian bi-national couples who find themselves in similar situations, said Garcia’s attorney, Lavi Soloway in a phone call with LGBTQ Nation.

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Gay Man to President Obama: Please Don’t Deport My Husband

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Another awful story of a married binational gay couple, Brian and Alfonso (together for 10 years), hit with the threat of being deported under DOMA. Alfonso hasn’t lived in Mexico for 20 years and is being threatened with deportation.

In a post at Stop the Deportations, Brian writes about a particularly awful recent episode:

Our life was on a happy, albeit somewhat boringly ordinary, trajectory until one fateful night last summer. That night and the events that followed have brought me to a whole new level of understanding about how precarious Alfonso’s life had been up to this point. That night we were pulled over for a routine traffic stop. The local law enforcement did their regular background checks and that is when the train went off of the proverbial rails. You see, the local authorities have been conscripted by the federal government in a weird, Orwellian, 1984, Big-Brother sort of way so that now the local authorities are forced to send information directly to federal agencies.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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TX: Married Gay Costa Rican Immigrant Wins Deportation Reprieve

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Texas Immigrant Wins ReprieveA gay Costa Rican immigrant in Texas has won a reprieve from deportation because of his marriage to an American man, in what is reportedly the first such ruling in that state.

A Houston immigration judge Thursday ended the deportation proceedings against David Gonzalez, who married U.S. citizen Mario Ramirez in California in 2008, during the brief period legal same-sex marriages were available there, the Houston Chronicle reports. They later moved to Texas.

The case is “the first in Texas to end in a reprieve based in large part on a same-sex marriage to a U.S. citizen,” the Chronicle reports. There have been similar actions involving married gay binational couples in California, New Jersey, and other states.

Full Story from The Advocate

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VT: US Government Threatens to Deport Married Lesbian

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Vermont Bi-National Lesbian CoupleYet another married binational gay couple is being hit with a deportation threat over DOMA, WCAX reports:

Frances Herbert and Takako Ueda met in college and have known each other for 30 years. They have shared countless dinners, laughs and tears. “I knew that she was the one,” Ueda said.

After college Ueda returned to Japan and started a life with a husband and new home. But after a visit from Herbert in 1999, her life changed again.

“When I die. When I put my one leg into a coffin, I don’t want to regret,” she said.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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Married Gay Couple With Four Kids May Be Forced to Leave US

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Family Faces DeportationAfter more than 20 years, four children, and three houses, we are still unsure of our future.

Like any other parents in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where we live, we spend our days taking care of our family, making sure that our children are loved, happy, healthy and are learning the skills and values that will give them the most opportunities for a successful and fulfilling life.

And yet, as much as we have devoted our lives to our family and to each other, we do not enjoy what most families in America take for granted. Despite being legally married, and having become the parents of four wonderful children, our family can be torn apart at any time by my own government because of the Defense of Marriage Act and because of outdated immigration laws.

Full Story from Stop the Deportations

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CA: Deportation of Gay Married Man Halted

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

U.S. immigration authorities have agreed to halt a deportation case against a Venezuelan man in a same-sex marriage in California.

Lavi Soloway, an attorney for Venezuelan citizen Alex Benshimol, says Immigration Judge Marilyn Teeter administratively closed the deportation case against his client at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Soloway says he learned of the Aug. 11 decision on Saturday. Benshimol was fighting to stay in the country with his American husband Doug Gentry after overstaying his visa. The Cathedral City couple was married last year.

Full Story from SacBee

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