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Gay Couple Fighting the Defense of Marriage Act

January 17th, 2012 Rebeka B. Silva

Mark Himes, 43, and French spouse Frederic Deloizy, 48, spent half an hour on Wednesday, January 11, in a small interview room at the regional office of US Citizenship and Immigration Services trying to get Deloizy a green card, so that they can receive the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples.

Although Deloizy is not currently targeted for removal, he has decided to stand up now, “to create more stability for his children.”

Deloizy whose immigration status is a constant concern for him, his spouse, and their four children, said in a recent blog post after filing for his green card: “We cannot continue to exist from one visa to another. We cannot put our children through the stress.”

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UPDATED: Now, view the latest CNN interview with the couple…

Viewing the Defense of Marriage Act through an immigration context, DOMA tears bi-national gay couples apart, Columbia University Law School professor Suzanne Goldberg said.

For this reason, gay-rights activist want DOMA repealed or nullified in court, and in a July editorial in The New York Times it was called “the most overtly discriminatory laws in the nation’s history.” President Obama even stated that “LGBT families should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect,” and the Justice Department named DOMA’s definition of marriage “unconstitutional.”

With that being said, DOMA is getting its share of attention, with hopes it can be overturned and voided as Deloizy and Himes await a decision that could take months. [P]

The DOMA Project, in which Himes and Deloizy are both involved, is a gay and lesbian bi-national couples group fighting deportation, separation and exile caused by the Defense of Marriage Act and U.S. Immigration Law. [STD]

Watch CNN interview with gay couple, Mark Himes and Frederic Deloizy:

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