Deportation could split up lesbian Vt. couple -

Deportation could split up lesbian Vt. couple

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A lesbian couple living in southern Vermont say they'll use every tool at their disposal to fight a federal order that one of them -- a Japanese immigrant -- leave the country.

Frances Herbert and Takako Ueda ("Tah-kah-ko You-AY-dah") of Dummerston received letters this month from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services saying though they're married under Vermont law, federal law doesn't recognize that, and Ueda has overstayed her visa.

Herbert and Ueda have been together more than a decade and married this past April. Ueda tells The Associated Press she has no interest in returning to Japan.

Federal law allows immigrants to remain in the country if they are married to an American. But the federal agency says it's barred by law from recognizing the marriage of two women.

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