Imagine you and your spouse have been together for almost two decades. You've been legally married since 2004. You have AIDS and your spouse is your only caregiver. Now imagine the government forcing you to leave the country and your spouse. That's exactly what's happening to Bradford Wells and Anthony John Mark, a gay couple from San Francisco. From The Huffington Post:
The Obama administration publicly announced Monday that it has denied immigration rights to Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk -- a gay couple in San Francisco that has been married for seven years -- and ordered the deportation of Makk to his native Australia, according to SFGate. Makk applied for permanent residency as a spouse of a U.S. citizen when his visa expired, but he was denied, as his same-sex marriage is not federally recognized.
Makk is the primary caregiver to Wells, who suffers from AIDS. The couple has lived together for 19 years and legally married in Massachusetts in 2004.
Although President Obama announced just last month that he would fight to repeal the controversial Defense of Marriage Act that bans same-sex marriage, his administration cited that very act in the decision.
Until the act is repealed, the White House has vowed to enforce it on a case-by-case basis. In this case, Makk has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, owns a San Francisco business, has no criminal history, has never lived here illegally and is the primary caregiver to his husband.
This story is just one example of how the US government violates individual rights each and every day. Human beings have the right to move about freely. They have a right to their property, including their business, and they have the right to work for and hire whomever they please. They have the right to enter into marriage contracts with whomever they like. They have the right to live wherever they like. They have the right to do as they please, so long as they do not violate the rights of others. (See Man's Rights and the US Constitution.)
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