Immigration

DOMA Still Messing With Gay People's Ability to Sponsor Spouses for Green Cards

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On Monday the group Immigration Equality filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of five married couples who have tried in vain to sponsor their foreign spouses for green cards.What's hindering them more than most couples (and that's saying something with the U.S.'s system) is the fact that they are gay couples. They're all legally married couples, mind, but that's under state law. And if the drug war reaffirms anything, it's that feds rule, states drool.

The big, fat Defense of Marriage Act is still preventing these couples from receiving any federal benefits or recognition of their unions, which would includes the fact that their foreign spouses are immediate relatives who should therefore be sponsorable. This nonsense, says the lawsuit, is a violation of their constitutional rights to equal protection.

According to the New York Daily News, the lawsuit was filed against a whole mess of big names:

Attorney General Eric Holder; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Alejandro Mayorkas; Robert M. Cowan, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National Benefits Center; and Daniel Renaud, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Vermont Service Center.

This whole federal ripping apart of families thing has been happening for a while, in spite of the Obama administration's 2011 declaration that it will stop defending DOMA. And whether you're on the let's get government out of marriage entirely camp (sweet), the my morals should be law camp (not that), or the say, this whole inconsistently in law thing is kind of indefensible camp (that!), it's hard to find the reason why this lawsuit wouldn't have merit. We're talking not just positive benefits, tax breaks, etc. from the state, but the fundamental right to stick with your partner and (hopefully) true, true love. DOMA's death is long overdue.

Reason on immigration and on gay marriage; And Reason.tv on "Why Marriage is Winning"

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  1. Those are some big, gay pit stains.

    1. That was very observant of you

      *golf clap*

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  3. This just in: Homosexual Immigrants Still Getting the Shaft!

  4. Man, gays are trying to get all up in the things that Republicans love: the military, marriage, and tightly clenched assholes.

  5. They’re foreigners and they’re gay married? Our federal government has trouble with each group seperately. They might as well be growing medical cannabis while they’re at it. A gay married immigrant flies in the face of the sanctity of marriage and integrity of our borders. Right in the face. Rubs it along the jaw, slaps it across the lips. Tool beats it right on both cheeks and probably accidentally pokes an eye too in the heat of things. Gotta be more careful.

    Anyway, when was the last time a law suit such as this, against government officials, went anywhere?

    1. Depends on the definition of “such as this.” Many lawsuits against govt officials have been successful. Some of them wrongly lost. Some of them wrongly won.

  6. The government loves to fuck foreigners, and it loves to fuck homos, so expect it to double fuck foreign homos.

  7. So if Republicans hate gheys because they are secretly repressed gheys themselves, does that mean that they also hate immigrants because they are secretly repressed immigrants?

    1. That’s an interesting line of thought.

      1. Don’t forget that Republicans secretly hate blacks, too!

        And women.

        So John Boehner is actually a black woman.

        1. An immigrant black female lesbian atheist.

          Who will be brave enough to break this story?

  8. Why cant veryone jsut get along? Live and let live.

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