Mike Giglio form The Daily Beast reports:
With Obama no longer supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, deportation cases involving same-sex unions may have been put on hold. Mike Giglio reports exclusively on gay and lesbian immigrants? new cause for hope.
Josh Vandiver, a graduate student at Princeton, and Henry Velandia, a dance instructor who emigrated from Venezuela in 2002, had been dating for three years when, in late 2009, Velandia got word that he was going to be deported. His request for an employer-sponsored visa had been denied, and he?d been entered into deportation proceedings.
The next spring, the couple decided to marry, and after an August 2010 wedding in Connecticut, Vandiver filed a marriage-based green card application for his new husband. This was little more than an act of defiance. While for heterosexual couples it would likely be enough to win the green card and avoid deportation, under the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, gay and lesbian couples don?t receive immigration benefits.
In January, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing DOMA, denied Vandiver?s petition. ?I assumed that?s the course that they would take,? Vandiver says. ?They had no choice.?
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