I’ve been sitting on this for a day to see if I could compose myself enough to write a post that wasn’t completely full of vitriolic rage. I’m not sure I’m quite calm enough, but I just can’t keep quite on this.
Earlier this year, Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder said that the administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), an inappropriately named law that defines “marriage” as an institution entered into by a man and a woman, in court because it is unconstitutional. Even so, they will continue to enforce it. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. And if ever an exception should be made, it’s the case of Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk.
If you are a foreign national and you marry an American, you can petition the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for permanent residency.
Unless you’re a legally married gay couple.
That’s the message Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells received when Australian citizen Makk petitioned for permanent residency as the spouse of American citizen Wells. Immigration Services denied the petition on July 26 ordering Makk to leave the US by August 25. What makes this particularly shitty is that Makk is the primary caregiver to Wells who has AIDS.
I’m so fucking pissed right now.
If DOMA is unconstitutional, why is it still being enforced? What kind of bullshit mixed message is that sending? And how is deporting the primary caregiver of a man afflicted with AIDS in any way shape or form the right thing to do? I am so disgusted with the Obama administration. This is fucking sick. They’ve been married for seven years. They’ve lived together for nineteen. But because they’re the same gender, one of them gets kicked out of the fucking country?
THIS. This is why we need marriage equality! Now. Not tomorrow, not sometime in the unspecified but glorious future. NOW!
I’m done with Obama. I’m sick of the administration’s double speak on LGBT rights. I’m tired of seeing him bend over backwards to satisfy people who think compromise is a dirty word. I’m just done.
If Anthony John Makk is deported on August 25, next year on November 6 I’m voting for some third party jabroni no one’s ever heard of.