Judge Haults Deportation of Partner in Gay Marriage

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After cries and protests of injustice by gay rights groups over the impending deportation of a Venezuelan salsa dancer, Henry Velandia, who legally married an American man, Judge Alberto Riefkohl granted Valandia an adjournment thus putting his deportation on hold. This decision comes one day after US Attorney General Eric Holder set aside a Board of Immigration Appeals ruling in a similar case.

“The attorney general’s decision yesterday is an extraordinary development, it’s historic, it’s the first time any attorney general has intervened in an immigration case involving a bi-national same-sex couple,” Soloway said. “The specific instruction he’s given indicates he’s interested in finding a possible solution so gay and lesbian partners of American citizens can be afforded the same rights.” [AP]

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