US Man's Husband Battles Deportation

Law bars man from sponsoring legally married same-sex partner

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 27, 2010 5:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – A gay couple who were legally married in Connecticut now face being split up by the Defense of Marriage Act. Princeton PhD student Josh Vandiver's husband is a Venezuelan citizen facing deportation because his work visa has expired. The law prevents Vandiver from sponsoring his husband for residency and he is fighting to have the deportation delayed until the Supreme Court rules on the issue, Fox reports.

Vandiver says he'll leave the country with his husband if he has to. "We would be willing to leave this country together and go someplace like the UK or Europe or Canada where we could be together, but I don’t want to be a refugee in my own country,” Vandiver tells the Daily Princetonian. “I never imagined that I would face this kind of discrimination from my own country and potentially have to flee it to be with the one I love.”

Vandiver, left, and Velandia discuss their fight against the Defense of Marriage Act.
Vandiver, left, and Velandia discuss their fight against the Defense of Marriage Act.   (YouTube)
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Joshua Vandiver and his husband Henry Velandia talk about their fight against the Defense of Marriage Act.   (DailyPrincetonian)

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