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Defense of Marriage Act still applies to US immigration

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  1. There’s something wrong with this story. If the “Defense of Marriage Act” still applies to gay married couples in terms of sponsoring their foreign born partner for permanent residency, why would the immigration authorities resume processing them since they will all be rejected? Am I missing something?

    1. I am on the same page as you! they used to reject them but they are now processing them?????

      1. “Processing them” means they are rejected. The hold meant they were not being rejected automatically but were “on hold” waiting for directives as to how to deal with them now that the Obama administration is not defending DOMA in court, but as the law is still being enforced, they have lifted the hold, and that means they get rejected because as they are processed the marriage is not recognised for federal purposes such as immigration.

  2. Yes, John. It seems pointless beginning to process applications again only to reject all of them, but then the U.S. is arguably the most bureaucratic society for the sake of it.

  3. Val, thanks for clarifying that. It makes no sense filing in the first place knowing that an application will be rejected. On the other hand, I suppose the more who do make an application could have an impact on reversing this discriminatory law. Very mean spirited to say the least. Thank goodness we don’t have those problems in the UK.

    1. Dandelion 5 Apr 2011, 6:12pm

      You have the problem indirectly. These laws effect all binational couples, meaning these invasive laws are hurting your fellow Brits. My girlfriend visited America and loves it, yet we don’t have the ability to both become binational for family and home visiting sake.

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