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Rally To Stop Deportation Of Henry Velandia & LGBT Spouses

This Friday a group of activists will hold a rally to support a gay bi-national couple who face deportation.

Get Equal Announced the rally:

On Friday, LGBT organizations from across the country will rally behind a gay bi-national couple who will endure deportation hearings, facing the stark reality of living under the Defense of Marriage Act. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, GetEQUAL working with a host of other LGBT organizations ? including Stop the Deportations, All Out, Courage Campaign, Garden State Equality, Immigration Equality Action Fund, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, Princeton Equality Project, and Queer Rising ? to make clear that these deportations of LGBT spouses must stop immediately.

The rally outside the Newark Federal Courthouse is taking place as Josandiver of Colorado and Henry Velandia of Venezuela face deportation hearings before the court. Despite legally marrying in Connecticut in August 2010, Vandiver (a Ph.D. student at Princeton University) and Velandia (a salsa dancer, instructor, and founder of a Princeton-based dance studio) are facing a nightmare scenario ? being ripped apart from one another at the hands of the U.S. government. Due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government doesn?t recognize same-sex marriages, which discriminates against same sex couples. As a result, Josh cannot sponsor Henry for a green card, unlike all straight married couples in the same situation. A loving, legally married couple, are now at risk of being torn apart with Henry?s potential deportation looming on May 6.

Rally information is as follows: Friday, May 6. Dept of Homeland Security/Newark Immigration Court, at the Peter Rodino Federal Building 970 Broad Street, Newark, NJ. 11am-12noon Eastern.

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