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Government Hits Married Lesbian Vermont Couple with Deportation Threat Over DOMA: VIDEO


Yet another married binational gay couple is being hit with a deportation threat over DOMA, WCAX reports:

Frances Herbert and Takako Ueda met in college and have known each other for 30 years.  They have shared countless dinners, laughs and tears.  "I knew that she was the one," Ueda said.

After college Ueda returned to Japan and started a life with a husband and new home.  But after a visit from Herbert in 1999, her life changed again. 

"When I die. When I put my one leg into a coffin, I don't want to regret," she said.

Ueda divorced and moved to the United States. The couple have been living together ever since and married last year. But in December -- another change. They received a letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which denied Ueda's request to stay in the county, a right granted to heterosexual spouses of different nationalities. Sadness quickly turned to anger. The letter states that because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines a marriage as one man and one woman, Ueda had to go.

Watch their touching and infurating story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Obama? You there? It's your DHS and your State Department. You can issue an Executive Order... or do you need to evolve some more?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 21, 2012 8:53:56 PM

  2. So sad. They are so sweet. I want to adopt them as my aunties.

    Posted by: zeddy | Feb 21, 2012 10:07:11 PM

  3. Do what illegal immigrants do. GO TO A CHURCH AND SEEK SANCTUARY. Make the Federal government enter a house of worship and DRAG the woman out in front of the national news media. GET SMART GAY AMERICA, learn from what others do.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Feb 21, 2012 10:41:52 PM

  4. Yes, sadness turns to anger and then to action. We owe it to these beautiful women to stand behind them 100% and make sure justice prevails for them. I also believe that with this president, these women will be treated fairly. But, the next president could turn it all around again...and we just can't let that happen. Obama is not a perfect president but he is the best available president, and I believe his heart is in the right place.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 21, 2012 10:58:25 PM

  5. Heartbreaking news...


    Posted by: george F | Feb 21, 2012 11:32:23 PM

  6. I keep saying that securing visa status for binational couples is absolutely foundational in the struggle to end DOMA.

    This is the frontier for gay people. We all need to INSIST these couples are granted the same immigration rights as heterosexuals.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Feb 21, 2012 11:40:15 PM

  7. As a victim of this travesty I can certainly relate to their sad story. There are lots of countries that don't have gay marriage but do allow same sex partners of their citizens permanent residency, and usually citizenship. Jerry Nadler introduces a bill in the house to rectify this, but it goes nowhere. This is a bit self serving but it does seem to me that these sorts of stories are so obviously wrong to any fairminded person that they can either be used to push for gay marriage, or at least get a carveout from doma allowing them. I think in a lot of (admittedly ignorant) people's mind, gay marriage is just desired by gays so they can mock the sacred institution, or maybe they've heard about some tax disadvantage. But these are real people's lives being destroyed, and should be a much bigger issue than it is in the current debate.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 22, 2012 12:03:10 AM

  8. @ Anastasia Beaverhausen-you and I both know that he won't sign an executive order. Lets hope that the new regulations have actually kicked in and her deportation is stayed. Too bad all DOMA deportations aren't.

    I think President Obama is waiting for SCOTUS' ruling on the Gill case.

    Posted by: Contact1972 | Feb 22, 2012 1:40:29 AM

  9. Me and husbert would love to get married in the U.S. and be able to have to option to live in the States if we wanted. Until that time, we live in Spain where we have all the rights and of marriage. Yes, there are rumors of threats to that here and we'll be on the street yelling before that's going to happen.

    Posted by: James in BCN | Feb 22, 2012 7:58:06 AM

  10. Haven't they stopped enforcing that part of the law? They may send the letter, but it seems to me every deportation proceeding has been halted.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 22, 2012 9:33:45 AM

  11. discrimination and deportation is against the law. marrying whom ever you like it's part of freedom no one has. right to dictate whom you marry even if its the same sex or man and wise up . you people will not take our freedom away you home land security and government who destroyed our world and are still trying to take our freedom you should be deported.

    Posted by: Anomanus | Mar 1, 2012 10:20:30 AM

  12. we are all people no matter what gender preferance or sex or what beings and human life forms.all gods children. and should be like a world family like we were intended to be so stop destroying each other. no more cruelty abuse slaughtering.brothers and sisters under the skin. living peacefully.loving each other instead of hatred world peace.

    Posted by: Anomanus | Mar 1, 2012 10:35:37 AM

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