Thursday, May 23, 2013

SCOTUS: Last Hope for Fairness.

“I don’t want to be the senator who asks Americans to choose between the love of their life and the love of their country.” - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Bullied by a "gang of 8", the US senate yesterday dropped gay families from their comprehensive immigration reform package. This means that thousands of same-sex bi-national couples have only one hope of staying together legally in the country. That is the defeat of DOMA, which prevents their state marriages from being recognized federally. All eyes turn to the Supreme Court.

The laws of US marriage in allow you to provide a green card to your spouse... unless you are gay.

Above is married bi-national couple, Tom and Claus. They are represented by my friend Lavi Soloway, a lawyer whose office I managed a decade ago! Of course DOMA stands in the way of them being able to reside in the country based on their marriage.

The reason they are all smiles outside the LA immigration office above, is that after an appointment at USCIS, including thorough review of all the evidence of the bona fides of their marriage, interview questions, and assessment of eligibility for permanent residency - the immigration officer put their application on hold for 45 days. The SCOTUS ruling that could strike down DOMA is expected in before 45 days.

It looks to me like the USCIS is winking at the Supreme Court. 

Lavi's organization, the DOMA project, is dedicated to helping fight the discrimination brought upon by DOMA and affecting tens of thousands of couples like Tom and Claus. Check out more stories on their The Doma Project page. If you'd like to help them stop deportations, separations and exile, get onto the frontlines by helping out their indiegogo campaign

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