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Gay Married Binational Couple of 22 Years with Four Children Faces Deportation Under DOMA: VIDEO


22 years after they first met, Mark and Frédéric, now with four children, faced a hearing at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Philadelphia to be interviewed in connection with the marriage-based immigration petition they filed last summer.

If the petition is not accepted, the family will be forced to leave the country. They will not separate. All because the federal government does not recognize same-sex married couples under DOMA and outdated immigration laws.

Stop the Deportations has a lengthy, detailed story on the couple's struggle.

And CNN has just done a story on Mark and Frédéric and their family.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. When will all this injustice with binational couples stop in the US?

    Posted by: George F | Jan 17, 2012 8:29:21 AM

  2. I'm assuming Mark and Frederik will be allowed to remain in the country, given that virtually the many similar stories have resulted in the couples granted a stay. But that's putting a band aid on a severe problem.

    When you see and hear stories such as this, it breaks my heart, to see REAL loving couples, committed families, being broken apart and spit on by their own country, but more than that, it makes me wonder what in the world compels conservatives to continue to go out of their way to continue discriminating against the gay community. Yet 20-30% of gay people are open to voting Republican. Very sick world.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 17, 2012 8:50:28 AM

  3. I am optimistic about their chances since CNN got involved. It is now a high profile case and will give the government a black eye if Frederic is deported. CNN would most definitely do a follow-up if that occurred. Best of luck to Fred and Mark and their children.

    Posted by: KP | Jan 17, 2012 10:42:41 AM

  4. It's a pet peeve, but they are not "gay married" - they are just married and gay. Just swapping the first 2 words in the title makes this clear "Married Gay Binational Couple..." Or, if you have to keep the word ordering, at least add a comma "Gay, Married..." Anyway, I hope they persevere!

    Posted by: Don | Jan 17, 2012 11:05:13 AM

  5. The fact that kids are involved makes it doubly imperative that they be allowed to stay (and under the new discretionary guidelines they probably will).

    Such an idiotic law.

    Posted by: Dan | Jan 17, 2012 11:05:15 AM

  6. I'll ditto Don's comment. Likewise, a sentence like this: "All because the federal government does not recognize same-sex married couples under DOMA and outdated immigration laws" would be more effective if it read: " . . . the federal government does not recognize the LEGAL MARRIAGES of same-sex couples under DOMA . . . " It may seem like quibbling, but we need to emphasize that the government is ignoring legal marriages, marriages no different than any other except that the government is singling them out for discrimination.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 17, 2012 11:15:14 AM

  7. At least France should recognize the marriage and treat them as they would if a Frenchman married a US woman and looked to set up home there.

    Plus, socialized healthcare that's better than the US.

    This highlights an inherent unfairness in US-EU work and immigration practises. If a US based multi-national corporation sends a member of staff to take up post in the London office, if they're legalled married/partnered in the civilised parts of the US then their same sex partners can come with them to London in exactly the same way as a heterosexual ex-pat couple would. But if a Brit gets posted to the New York office, its goodbye at the airport.

    This scenario is obviously less damaging than tearing apart a couple who have lived for decades in one city in the US and raised a family, but represents a kind of export of inequality from the US to countries where equality has developed further.

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Jan 17, 2012 1:42:24 PM

  8. Our firm is going to sue the Federal government for two of our clients in a similar case. We're in a better position considering the state the couple was married in (NY) and the court we would sue at is favorable. As the proceedings continue they aren't going to deport anyone because it would look like an attempt to thwart justice.

    It takes more firms like ours willing to front the bulk of the cost to see a change in civil rights because it certainly isn't coming through legislation.

    Posted by: Rin | Jan 17, 2012 2:03:20 PM

  9. Enough is enough all ready, it’s time has come and past were people in same sex marriages, can sponsor there loved ones into this country. It’s time has come and gone with doma it needs to be repealed today! What reporters all ways seem to leave out of the story is there are all ready 22 countries that have same sex marriage or full civil unions, why not here?

    Posted by: roy brown | Jan 17, 2012 3:08:09 PM

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