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Fox Nation Grossly Misrepresents DOMA Immigration Dispute

May 09, 2011 3:23 pm ET - by Equality Matters staff

At this point, Fox Nation isn’t even making an effort to produce accurate headlines. Check out the latest masterpiece:

[Fox Nation, accessed 5/9/11]

The headline grossly misrepresents the news story that follows it, to say the least.

Last Friday, a U.S. immigration judge decided to halt the deportation proceedings of Henry Velandia, a Venezuelan man who legally married his husband, Josh Vandiver, in the United States but was facing deportation because the marriage was not federally recognized due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

If Henry and Josh were a heterosexual married couple, deportation would be out of the question; Henry would be able to obtain a green card as Josh’s spouse and stay in the United States. Because DOMA prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages, however, Henry was on track to be sent back to Venezuela.

You wouldn’t know any of that if you’d just read Fox Nation’s headline, though. In an effort to stoke right-wing fears about illegal immigration and “special rights” for gay people, Fox Nation failed to accomplish the one goal news headlines are supposed to achieve: accurately describing reality.


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