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While the country focuses on recent international events, this Friday a married bi-national couple may be ripped apart from one another by the U.S. government.
Josh is an American citizen. Henry is from Venezuela. They married in Connecticut in August 2010. But because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Josh can't sponsor Henry for a green card like any heterosexual American can.
Because of DOMA, Henry risks being deported THIS FRIDAY.
There are a few ways you can help show support for Henry and take action to stop the destruction of our families.
If you're in the New Jersey or New York area, PLEASE consider joining us on Friday at a rally outside the courthouse where Henry's deportation hearing is taking place -- or telling your friends in the area about the rally. We'll be gathering at the Newark Immigration Court inside the Federal Building at 970 Broad Street from 11 am-12 noon to send a message to both the judge and the federal government that these deportations must end.
You can also help out by calling on the Obama administration to STOP DEPORTING our LGBT spouses, immediately.
Take action now to help stop Josh and Henry from being ripped apart from one another and help us support the thousands of other same-sex couples by signing this petition.
We're working with a coalition of organizations to put together Friday's rally, including Stop The Deportations, All Out, Courage Campaign, Garden State Equality, GetEQUAL, Immigration Equality, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, the Princeton Equality Project, and Queer Rising. It's going to take all of us working together in order to stop this and other non-criminal deportations!
Thank you for taking action. Please forward the link to this action alert to your friends -- we have just 48 hours to make an impact on Josh and Henry's life together, as well as the tens of thousands of other bi-national couples who are facing a similar fate!
Get Out! Get Active! GetEQUAL!