Well, the long awaited Supreme Court ruling came out today, and it is official. The federal government of the US may not deny same sex couples the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
This is huge. And as someone who works with adult immigrants, refugees and displaced people, I am THRILLED to announce that same sex bi-national couples in the US will now be granted the same rights as heterosexual bi-national couples. Which is NOT always great. But for a lot of families, the world changed today.
It sure did for this couple.
The DOMA Project, which has been working with bi-national couples applying for green cards and fiancé visas, posted this on facebook today:10:30 EDT: NYC Immigration Judge stopped #deportation proceedings for Colombian man married to gay American citizen after #SCOTUS ruling on #DOMA. Steven and Sean, The DOMA Project participants, filed for a green card on the basis of their marriage last year. This morning our intern, Gabe, ran the 77-page ruling and delivered it the Immigration Court five blocks from our office. It was still warm from the printer
And then there is this family:
And for the US citizen families, it means social security benefits and inheritance rights and all sorts of basic stuff that was created to support families.
At least in states in which gays and lesbians are allowed to marry.
Now the confusing part sets in. What about couples who marry in one state, and then move to a state that doesn't recognize marriage equality? We are not THERE yet.
But we are getting closer.