DOMA immigrant challengers get temporary respite

Binational LGBT couples win small victoryBY ELISE FOLEY
Huffington Post Gay Voices

As long as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)┬áis in effect, same-sex binational couples won’t be able to petition for the foreign-born partner to receive legal status. In the meantime, though, a group pushing the Obama administration to delay decisions on green card applications won a small victory last week when a judge ordered a stay on its lawsuit against the government.

Five same-sex couples, some with visas and some without, were named in the challenge against DOMA filed April 2 by advocacy group Immigration Equality and the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. It contends that “[s]olely because of DOMA and its unconstitutional discrimination against same-sex couples, these Plaintiffs are being denied the immigration rights afforded to other similarly situated binational couples.”

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