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Same-Sex Marriage In Connecticut Prevents Man’s Deportation

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A Venezuelan man married to his same-sex partner has had his deportation order canceled.

Advocates say the action renews hope for thousands of same-sex multi-national couples across the U.S.

Henry Velandia had asked to remain in America as the legal spouse of U.S. citizen Josh Vandiver. They live in New Jersey but were married last year in Connecticut, where same-sex marriage is legal.

A Newark immigration judge put Velandia’s deportation on hold in May, citing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s intervention in the case of another New Jersey gay man facing deportation.

Holder has said the Obama administration will no longer support the Defense of Marriage Act in court. The act defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Velandia received word Wednesday of the cancellation.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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