Comment: The Road to Equality

DOMA is dead! The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act plays a major role in our country's social progress, bringing us one step closer to equality and justice for all. As supporters of the LGBT movement rejoice, so too, do supporters of the immigrant rights' movement. The striking down of DOMA, at long last, eliminates a major stress point in the path to the passage of CIR - DOMA was struck down on Fifth Amendment arguments. If a state legally recognizes a same-sex marriage - thirteen states to date (including California after the Prop 8 ruling which also occurred today) plus the District of Columbia - then the couple may enjoy the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. These federal benefits include not only tax breaks, insurance to government employees, Social Security survivor benefits, but also the right of an American-born partner to help a foreign-born partner apply for and obtain legal permanent residency.



One barrier to equality has been broken this morning. Here's to hoping that with the passage of CIR, the next one will be broken soon. Share your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com.






Article: The Demise of DOMA and the Rise of Same-Sex Immigration Rights by Christopher Pogue


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Blogging: BREAKING: DOMA UNCONSTITUTIONAL! by Greg Siskind


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News: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA









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