Binational Same-Sex Couples Now Protected Without Immigration Bill
The news of DOMA being shut down by the Supreme Court has to be particularly sweet for binational same-sex couples. After being completely shut out of the Senate's immigration reform bill, the issue is now moot, as same-sex binational couples that choose to marry in states where it's legally recognized will now have the same federal rights as heterosexual binational couples.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, GOP.
The Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act settles a major unresolved issue in the immigration reform debate by clearing the way for gay U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born spouses for green cards. The debate over including protections for gay couples had been one of the lingering tension points as the Senate nears passage of the landmark immigration bill. The federal law prohibited American citizens in same-sex marriages from receiving immigration benefits, including the right to assist their partners in applying for legal permanent residence.
But now, that potential obstacle has been completely removed from the immigration fight. Under immigration law, married gay couples would be treated the same way as other married couples and would face the same requirements as heterosexual couples for legalizing spouses who were born in another country.
“At long last, we can now tell our families that yes, they are eligible to apply for green cards,” said Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality. “Many of our families have waited years, and in some cases decades, for the green card they need to keep their families together. Couples forced into exile will be coming home soon. Americans separated from their spouses are now able to prepare for their reunion. Today’s ruling is literally a life-changing one for those who have suffered under DOMA and our discriminatory immigration laws.”
This truly is a beautiful day.