Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Reprieve For Binational Couples Is Over

Gay binational couples' hopes were briefly raised, as I reported on Sunday, by word that Immigration would hold deporting gay spouses who were being denied green cards on the basis of DOMA.  Those hopes were dashed today.

"But on Tuesday, Mr. Bentley issued a new statement, saying that Citizenship and Immigration Services 'has not implemented any change in policy and intends to follow the president’s directive to continue enforcing the law.' Mr. Bentley said the agency’s field offices had suspended cases for a short period, perhaps a week or two, while lawyers clarified a 'narrow legal issue' concerning the marriage act. He said the agency would probably resume action on same-sex marriage cases in coming days and would continue to deny immigration status to foreigners based on those marriages."

It has been confirmed that DOMA will continue to be enforced in these cases.  Le sigh.  Looks like my planned seduction of the Crown Prince of Montenegro is going to have to go on hold.


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