Married partner faces deportation hearing as a result of ‘Defense of Marriage Act’


MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts speaks with Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia, a binational same-sex couple married last year in Connecticut, where gay marriage is legal.

As a result of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Velandia is ineligible for a spouse visa and will be deported unless the courts rule on the unconstitutionality of DOMA or a bill passes in Congress challenging DOMA.

Velandia is facing deportation hearing on May 6. Watch:

Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-New Jersey) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last week, asking her to suspend deportation proceedings on bi-national same-sex couples until a decision is reached on DOMA, which has been declared unconstitutional in federal court.

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