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Petitioning President Obama and DOMA and 5 others

Allow same-sex marriage couples to sponsor their spouse for a greencard



My name is Sarah, and I love my girlfriend with all my heart. We plan to get married. Because we live in New York state, this is possible, however, because our union is not recognized by the federal government (thanks to DOMA), my future wife can still be deported- our lives torn apart- because we are unable to secure a green card for her like heterosexual spouses can.

My girlfriend has been living in the U.S. since fleeing her home country with her siblings due to family violence. Her dream is to become a physician's assistant and to translate between doctors and their patients, because she's witnessed so many Spanish-speakers unable to convey their problems or understand their treatment. Everyday she studies hard. Everyday she works hard to pay for school; and because of her legal status she can't apply for loans, grants, or scholarships, although she has been offered the opportunity to apply. As soon as she graduates, all of her dreams will come to naught- she will not be able to realize her dream because of her legal status.

This petition is not about wanting to marry her just so she can get a green card- no. I love her and I want the best for her. I want the best life for her, here in New York, with me and with the family and friends that love her. There is nothing and nobody for her in her native country because her home was destroyed there. When we marry, I don't want the government to have the ability to tear her apart from her life, her family, to tear her apart from me, all because the national government doesn't count me as her "family" like they would if I were a man. None of this would be a problem if we were heterosexual. No matter how much I love her, it's impossible for me to become a man for her. What is possible is for the federal government to recognize our union as a family, a family that deserves to stay together, and the only thing that's stopping them is DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act.)

President Obama has the ability to repeal this discriminatory law. The organization Immigration Equality filed a lawsuit on April 2nd, 2012 addressing this exact issue, on behalf of 5 gay and lesbian couples, and all of us binational same-sex couples in the U.S. Tell the President to support Blesch vs. Holder in favor of my, and thousands of others, right to marry- free from the tyranny of forced separation.

Thank you for your support.


This petition was delivered to:
  • President Obama and DOMA
  • Center Director, National Benefits Center, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Robert M. Cowan
  • Director, Vermont Service Center, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Daniel M. Renaud
  • Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
    Janet Napolitano
  • Director, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Alejandro Mayorkas
  • United States Attorney General
    Eric H. Holder, Jr.

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