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Monday, 09 May 2011 11:26

Federal Immigration Judge Halts Deportation of Immigrant in Homosexual "Marriage"

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An immigration judge Friday suspended the deportation of a homosexual man, citing in his ruling the similar action taken by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a case involving another same-sex couple.

Judge Alberto Riefkohl, presiding over the immigration court located on the 11th floor of the Peter W. Rodino Federal Building in Newark, New Jersey, issued a temporary stay of the deportation order in the case of Henry Velandia, 27, a salsa dancer from Venezuela. Valandia and 29-year-old Princeton graduate student Josh Vandiver (both pictured at left), were “married” under the laws permitting such in the state of Connecticut. 

So-called “same-sex marriage” is legal in five states and the District of Columbia. New Jersey is one of seven other states that afford some degree of traditional spousal rights to homosexual couples under the the title “civil union” or “domestic partnership.” A bill that would have legalized marriages between homosexuals was defeated in the New Jersey state Senate in January 2010.

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