Erwin de Leon reflects on why immigration reform is so important to him personally.
Tag: Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Under an interim policy announced last week immigration authorities will recognize heterosexual marriages when one member of the couple is transgender.
Five lesbian and gay couples filed suit in federal court on Monday, challenging Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prevents American citizens from sponsoring same-gender spouses for legal permanent residency.
After last week’s commentary on the response of gay binational couples to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deportation guidelines, Fi2W blogger Erwin De Leon received quite a few heated reactions.
LGBT couples are upset that DHS’ new guidelines do not signal reprieve for binational couples in which one partner is an American citizen and the other an immigrant at risk of deportation.
New York’s new Marriage Equality law expands LGBT civil rights in the state, but it will not help lesbian and gay immigrants who hope to gain permanent residency by marrying American partners.
In his weekly column, Erwin de Leon looks at a recent memo from the head of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and its potential impact on gay binational couples.
In February, President Obama declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. But the administration’s DOMA policy is still evolving, and one of the key testing grounds involves cases of same-sex immigrant couples where one of the partners faces deportation.