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Genesio Oliveira 
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Brazil/Haverhill Ma



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Re: “U.S. law sends some bi-national, same-sex couples into exile

My name is Genesio and my heart goes for you guys.I got deported after 6 years trying to find a solution to be legal in the States . Immigration officials denied the request for my asylum. After the ruling was issued in 2006, my partner, Tim Coco and I immediately appealed In the meantime, in 2005, we married But we were forcibly separated in August 2007 when the Board of Immigration ruled against our appeal. We have petitioned Department of Homeland Security. In March, We filed an "I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative," the same mechanism heterosexual couples use to gain recognition for immigrant spouses. However, we expects that request to be denied based on the Defense of Marriage Act, a 12-year-old law that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages. We will wait for formal denial before challenging the portion of DOMA that prevents federal recognition of our marriage, bringing the case before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. "We are legally married so we have standing. There have been cases before us where the couple was not married so neither had standing. However, we are, so we can claim we were deprived of a federal benefit," Tim Coco If the court rules against us, we plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it will be very soon. For more information visit our website at:

Posted by Genesio Oliveira on 09/18/2008 at 3:53 AM

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