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Gay Couple Married Seven Years Who Lost Battle with U.S. Immigration and DOMA, Speaks to CNN: VIDEO


On Tuesday, I posted the story of Bradford Wells and Australian Anthony John Makk, who have lived together for 19 years and were married seven years ago in Massachusetts. The couple has lost their battle with U.S. immigration and DOMA, and Makk has reportedly received a denial of his request for permanent residency and has been ordered to depart the U.S. by August 25.

CNN talked to the couple about their relationship and the position they are in.


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  1. Is there something we can do to help?

    Posted by: Roberto | Aug 11, 2011 7:34:51 AM

  2. While the whole thing is horrible, the initial denial of permanent residency isn't quite as bleak as it appears at first glance. There are still several levels of appeal that they can use before an actual deportation order will be issued.

    MetroWeekly has a pretty good article about the case:

    Posted by: Rich F. | Aug 11, 2011 9:00:28 AM

  3. Secretary Janet Napolitano
    Department of Homeland Security
    Washington, D.C 20528

    Posted by: Frank | Aug 11, 2011 9:02:16 AM

  4. I believe Nancy Pelosi is looking into this one. She's been very effective in getting this type of situation resolved. Hopefully she will this time.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Aug 11, 2011 9:58:23 AM

  5. Bleak or not, it's unjust and cruel beyond imagining. Plus, this couple has to spend money -- money that could be better spent a million different ways -- in order to continue this fight they shouldn't be having to fight in Our Fierce Advocate's third year in office. This sort of torture should have been abolished when the Democrats controlled everything. Instead, Obama's DOJ was to busy defending DOMA and comparing our marriages to incest and pedophilia -- right until the Republicans took over the Congress, of course.

    Posted by: ohplease | Aug 11, 2011 11:27:01 AM

  6. @Rich F: Thanks for posting a link to the Metroweekly article ( gives a more complete and accurate picture of this case. It's really awful what Wells and Makk are going through and it's great that the mainstream media is paying attention to the issue of same-sex binational couples. They are brave to take on this fight. But getting it right is important. We lose credibility when we say that these guys are going to get deported when that is not really the case.
    @ohplease: I share your frustration with the pace of certain changes under this administration. But we should also give them credit when it is due. In several recent cases which have been covered here on Towleroad, the administration has made history by stopping the deportations of married same-sex couples by using prosecutorial discretion. In fact, it is very likely that will be exactly what happens with Wells and Makk when they get to that stage. Again, that doesn't mean the situation isn't totally unfair and terrible. And nobody should have to go through all this. But the reality is that until DOMA gets repealed, these petitions will get denied -- and though the support for repeal now is higher than ever we have a lot more work to do with Democrats and Republicans if we are going to get Congress to vote on Respect for Marriage Act in the near future.

    Posted by: David N | Aug 11, 2011 11:50:06 AM

  7. I can't imagine the feeling of having my husband ripped away from me like that. It's simply not right. I am searching now for ways to help them...

    Posted by: The Bony Man | Aug 11, 2011 12:31:49 PM

  8. This is a horrible case and obviously needs to be remedied. I'm optimistic that it will be.

    That said, there are some open secrets in SF about this case that are working against the couple. I won't repeat them, but it would have helped their case had they been honest about a few issues from the outset instead of exaggerating certain issues in an effort to win sympathy.

    Posted by: Anon | Aug 12, 2011 6:15:35 AM

  9. Sad, truly sad.

    Posted by: justcorey. | Aug 12, 2011 4:00:21 PM

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