Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the decision by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to grant a green card to her constituent, Anthony John Makk. Anthony and his husband, Bradford Wells, have been together for more than 21 years, but faced separation. In January of 2012, Anthony John Makk was granted deferred action by the Administration to remain in the U.S. after Leader Pelosi personally intervened in the case to ensure that Anthony would not be separated from Bradford, his primary caregiver.
"This decision marks the end of a long, unjust, and difficult journey for Anthony and Bradford. Though Anthony has lived in the United States for over 20 years, the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act forbade the recognition of thousands of loving, committed same-sex couples in the United States.
"I salute Anthony and Bradford for their strength and determination, fighting together against an unjust law that told them their relationship was not worthy of recognition. And I commend the Obama Administration for acting swiftly in the wake of the DOMA decision -- ensuring that the values of fairness and equality are once again upheld in our nation."