I’m going on another rant. I apologize in advance. I may lose some readers due to my stand on this but I have to say something.
This morning I stumbled on a blog titled Our Simple Lives through another new blogger friend, Jen at We’re Living a Full Life. Jen had written a letter to Homeland Security on behalf of the couple and I plan to do the same thing and I hope you all will too.
The situation kind of reminds me of several years ago, a friend of ours, who is in a heterosexual marriage and had been married to the same man for about 20 years (at the time) and her 4 children with him, was in a quandary because her husband just happened to be of Iranian descent. It was shortly after Desert Storm (the first war over there) started and even though he had lived and worked here for over 2 dozen years paying taxes and being an upstanding citizen (though not legally), he was almost deported because he was of Iranian descent. Of course they didn’t say that was the reason, they simply chose NOT to renew his green card.
Here we go again, almost 20 years later but basically the same situation. Mark Hames and Fred Deloizy of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania have been together for 22 years. They have adopted 4 children together. 4 years ago they got married. Fred’s visa recently expired and he is now facing deportation because DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) does not recognize their marriage as legal. If they were a straight married couple, Mark could sponsor Fred to renew his visa but since they are a gay married couple and DOMA does not recognize their union, he cannot sponsor his spouse and the father of their children.
Looking at how many broken single family homes there are in America and how many children are being raised by one parent, I’d think that the U.S. and DOMA would be happy to allow a happily married loving couple the privilege of staying together happily to raise their children in a loving two parent home. I’m not going to pretend to understand all of the nuances of the whole situation. I only know that I find it unconscionable that we would deport a hard working production member of society and rip him away from his children because we are too bigoted and simple minded to open our hearts and minds and see the bigger picture.
I am going to provide you with links to both Jen’s (We’re Living A Full Life) blog post concerning this so that you can read her beautifully eloquent letter to Homeland Security and Mark’s post about their being interviewed by CNN regarding the whole situation. And I implore you, if you have a heart PLEASE send a letter to Homeland Security or Senator Casey. The addresses are:
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Toll Free: 866-802-2833
Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
Just because you may not agree with their lifestyle, it shouldn’t stop you from trying to keep this fine upstanding man from being ripped from his family’s life. Please take a moment to write a letter on their behalf. If you click the link below it should take you to the CNN report on this.