Comment: Immigrant and Gay Rights Groups Unite

Yesterday, fifty gay rights and immigrant advocacy groups sent a letter to the White House requesting the president to temporarily place a hold on immigration cases involving same sex marriages, reported here. This is after the Supreme Court announced that it will consider the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); the ruling is expected to be made in June of next year. Under DOMA, the definition of marriage is limited to mean a legal union between one man and one woman. §3 of DOMA specifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes. As immigration law is federal, government agencies apply DOMA's definition of marriage for these cases. Therefore, those gay and lesbian couples legally married in any one of the six states that perform and recognize same-sex marriage, in addition to Washington, D.C., are still not considered married for immigration purposes. This non-recognition is one of the reasons that gay and immigration organizations are working together in order to fight for not only marriage equality, but also immigrant rights. This is not the first time that this request has been made: when Congress was debating a change in the law that would allow widows of American citizens to be granted visas, groups asked USCIS to place a hold on green card cases. Whether this request will be appeased by the White House remains unknown. Share your thoughts about this request and the joining of forces by gay rights and immigrant rights organizations by writing to

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