It’s Friday and I had planned on a funny post but I simply must write about my friend Mark. Mark is an amazing man who blogs over at Our Simple Lives, he’s a father, husband, photographer and one of the funniest writers I’ve seen. Mark gives his whole heart to the world, he blogs about his life and shares openly about his whole beautiful self.
With my blog here at Sober Julie Doing Life I have a voice, I have an ability to reach out from my little laptop to your eyes and minds. I ask that you have an open mind here while you read this post, frankly I don’t care about your religious beliefs, your cultural or political slants…..I’m asking you to consider my friend Mark’s situation from a logical point of view and ask yourself if this makes any bloody sense at all.
Is it right that a family should be ripped apart because it’s a gay marriage?
If you are about to answer yes, I again ask you to open your mind….
Mark is married to Fred, they’ve been married for 4 years and together for over 21 years. This is no fly by night union, they have adopted 4 amazing children together and were living the American dream. This was until September when Fred’s last visa ran out. Fred is a citizen of France and up until now Mark had the ability to sponsor Fred for visa’s to remain in the US. Unfortunately the US doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages under the Defense of Marriage Act and Fred is facing being deported.
- Mark and Fred were married in California where their marriage was legal at the time
- Fred is fully employed and has been for years in the US
- Mark and Fred adopted these 4 children together in the US
- A loving, stable family exists, living together in the US
- The US government cannot recognize same-sex marriages for the purposes of immigration at this time
- Mark’s last application to sponsor Fred for a visa to remain in the US has been DENIED
Last year the Department of Homeland Security gave immigration authorities the discretion to stay deportations based on “The person’s ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships.”
For some unknown reason immigration authorities aren’t using this discretion in Mark and Fred’s case contrary to all of the evidence provided.
This is a travesty to see a family being ripped apart when it’s utterly senseless.
What can we do? What can I do as a non-resident?
We can use our voices!
We can write to Senator Bob Casey and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano urging them to reconsider staying Fred’s deportation. If you live in Pennsylvania, you can write to Senator Casey’s office. Both, on their behalf. You can let them know that you read the story on StopTheDeportations.com or that you know of Mark & Fred’s story from here.Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. 393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6324 Toll Free: 866-802-2833 Fax: 202-228-0604 Secretary Janet Napolitano Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 202-282-8000
I implore my readers to ask themselves if it makes sense to rip apart a stable couple, to uproot a loving family and tear them apart?
MY ANGER IS TANGIBLE AND I AM ASKING MY FRIENDS TO HELP HERE, SPREAD THE WORD AND WRITE!
We need bold leadership to create remedies that keep all families together. Fred and Mark’s four children, John, Claire, Jacob and Joshua, deserve no less!