Stop the Deportation of Anthony John Makk and STOP Defending DOMA
  • Petitioned Department of Homeland Security, REP- Janet Napalitano

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Division of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security, REP- Janet Napalitano
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Stop the Deportation of Anthony John Makk and STOP Defending DOMA

    1. Matthew Mackey
    2. Petition by

      Matthew Mackey

      Port Jervis, NY

Anthony John Makk is an Australian citizen who has been legally married to his spouse Bradford Wells for 7 years and has been residing in the U.S. under a visa. They have been together for more than 19 years, have made many friends, have made a life together, and have sacrificed for each other. Makk is also the primary caretaker for Wells, as Wells has health complications.

On Monday, August 8, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services board declared that Makk must leave the country by August 25, 2011, citing DOMA, the 1996 bill that federally does not recognize a marriage between same sex partners.

These fellow human beings are in a loving committed relationship, pay taxes, and deserve the same federal rights that all opposite sex couples have. The Obama administration has stated that they will stop defending DOMA and this is proof that they aren't doing their jobs when it comes to the rights of same sex couples.

Everyone, I implore you, Look at your own spouse or partner, now Imagine that the federal government refused to acknowledge your relationship as a legal one. You have built your whole life together, lived in the same place for years. Now imagine that you have only TWO WEEKS left to live with your partner because they were being removed from the country.

We can change this. We can change two people's lives. We have the power to do some good in this world of bad. Please Sign this. Thank you.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thanks Everyone.

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for the hard work........ Much Love and Blessings.

    2. Reached 20,000 signatures
    3. Anthony Makk is left in Legal Limbo according to CA NPR

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Makk's visa is set to expire this week, leaving him in legal limbo.

    4. 19,069

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Anthony and Bradford are appealing the decision, It buys us a little more time to keep petitioning and rally support. Keep sharing!@

    5. Loving Couple Has 3 Days Before US Tears Them Apart

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Imagine that you have two options: 1. End your life early with your true love, or 2. Live longer without your better half.
      After more than 19 years with his spouse, Bradford Wells is being forced to make such a decision. His husband, Australian...

    6. If we all

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      If we all recruit 1 more person we will have 35,208 signatures. Recruit 2 and it's 52,812, Recruit 3 and its 70,416. We can do this. One person at a time.

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures
    8. Thursday

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Thursday, is Anthony's Deadline. Just sending out a reminder... Stay Strong, Keep Sharing, We can Make a Difference. Blessings to everyone.

    9. Reached 15,000 signatures
    10. 14,074 Signatures!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      I'm so amazed at how much heart this petition has. Share this with everyone, facebook is the best Bet!!!!! Thanks!!!!

    11. Reached 10,000 signatures
    12. I'm so impressed!!!!!

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Over 3,000 signatures in one day!!!!!....Please keep sharing.....Thanks for all your hard work everyone. I'm so touched by the human compassion right now :)

    13. Reached 9,000 signatures
    14. GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Homeland Security announces implementation of changes that will enable some in same-sex relationships to avoid deportation!!!!

      Let us Hope and Pray that Anthony and Bradford are included. Until they are, KEEP SHARING!!!!!!! DOWN WITH DOMA!!!!!!

    15. Day 9....5,349 signatures......Let's keep going guys.....

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Facebook, Twitter, and word of mouth......heck even myspace....lets share this with everyone....

    16. Reached 5,000 signatures
    17. 9 Days....

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      9 Days left till August 25th everyone! Please keep sharing. Thank You! Take a stand and be heard. Every Signature counts.

    18. 4,550 Signatures.....

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Keep on sharing with everyone you know. Let your voice be heard!

    19. Sharing is Caring!!!!!!!

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Share this petition with everyone you know! We Have the Power to change this situation.

      Thank You for all your hard work.
      -hugs, Matthew

    20. Chris Geidner's the LGBT Community's Immigration Woes

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner explains the ins and outs of the immigration laws this couple faces.

    21. Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk plead for help from Obama

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviewed Wells and Makk who pleaded for help from the Obama Administration who can intervene to prevent the deportation of Makk on August 25.

    22. Keep Sharing Guys!

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Share on facebook, twitter, myspace, and any other social media outlet you can! Every signature helps!!! And Remember to let them know that they can share!

    23. Reached 4,000 signatures
    24. Down with DOMA!!!

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Love is love

    25. Watch this Video.....

      Matthew Mackey
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the couple on CNN......They show such strength. We are with you Bradford and Anthony!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jerrid Francis CONNEAUT, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      political philosophers have called the "tyranny of the majority." Although this objection is very old, and can be found in Plato, it was of particular concern to John Stuart Mill, who recognized this as a problem with a simple utilitarian calculation based on the principle of the greatest good for the greatest number. In the history of the United States, many have pointed to this as a problem for those belonging to minority groups, such as African Americans, Jews, and homosexuals, among many others. To take a simple example from this history: In the original colonies, such as Maryland, Roman Catholics were not allowed to vote or hold public office. Because Catholics were, at that time, a small minority, this would seem to fit the utilitarian calculation but, at the same time, seem to be obviously unfair and unjust. This kind of calculation has been used to justify a wide range of policies that seem wrong, from slavery to refusing to sell houses in neighborhoods to ethnic and racial minorities. Women, who are actually the majority of the population, have also suffered for similar reasons on the basis of this kind of calculation.

      Some day all people in this country will have rights, just like the rest!

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    • Kennard Willis BAYVILLE, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      I too am in in a long term relationship with someone who has not yet retained citizenship even though we have adopted two children. this would not happen if one of us were femial and thats not equal in a country based on equality

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    • Claudia Jaekel MUNICH, GERMANY
      • about 3 years ago

      President Obama, Didn't you say: Yes we can?! You can change this world and make it a better world. Every single person has the right to live and to love in this way, they like. Who in the world has the right to tell these both loving people what to do??? Please let Mr. Makk stay

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    • Darin Hardwick LEWISVILLE, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      Love is Love and should be recognized.

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    • Trina Carrion B'MGHAM, UNITED STATES
      • about 3 years ago

      I am in the same situation, I am going to marry my love, an american girl and we are not guarantee that we will be allowed to stay together.

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