Binational Gay Couple Faces Deportation Wednesday; Groups to Rally in San Francisco
LGBT groups will rally on Wednesday outside a San Francisco courthouse where a deportation hearing that may decide the fate of a married, gay binational couple will take place, Out4Immigration.org writes, in a press release:
On July 13 in San Francisco, Doug Gentry and Alex Benshimol, a married California couple who have been together for six years, will face every same-sex binational couple’s worst nightmare: a deportation hearing. Doug, a U.S. citizen, filed a marriage-based "green card" petition for Alex in July 2010. It was denied in March in a one-page letter citing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as the only reason. The couple re-filed the petition in June, citing changes in the administration position on DOMA that took place in February, and the Attorney General's intervention in a Board of Immigration Appeals case in April involving a gay binational couple facing deportation which was made public on May 5.
Alex came into the U.S. 12 years ago from Venezuela and overstayed a tourist visa, an immigration violation that straight binational couples can easily remedy once married; as a gay married couple, Doug and Alex do not have that option.
GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, and Stop the Deportations have organized the rally, which is set to take place on July 13, form 7:30 - 8:30 am at 120 Montgomery Street in SF.