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NYT reports on the real life stories behind DOMA being struck down: Gay immigrants now have a future in the United States

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2013 | Uncategorized

The New York Times in an article entitled “For Gay Immigrants, Marriage Ruling Brings Relief and a Path to a Green Card, ” relates the story shared by many gay couples in the immigration vortex:
“The Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to strike down the federal law against same-sex marriage brought a stunning improvement in the lives of Steven Infante, an immigrant from Colombia, and his American husband – less than an hour after the ruling was announced. Mr. Infante and his spouse, Sean Brooks, were on their way to an immigration court in Manhattan where Mr. Infante would face what might have been his last hearing before he would be deported from the United States. But just before they arrived, the couple’s lawyers heard the news from the Supreme Court. ‘I thought it must be good news, because they were screaming like a soccer game, ‘We won 5 to 4,’ Mr. Infante said, referring to the justices’ tally in ruling that the law, the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was unconstitutional. Instead of ordering Mr. Infante’s expulsion, the immigration judge examined the decision and cleared the way for him to remain in this country with his husband as long as he wanted, as a legal permanent resident.” To put the impact of the decision into perspective, the NYTs oberved that “Beyond its immediate effects, the Supreme Court’s decision eliminated prohibitions against gay immigrants that have lingered in American immigration law since 1952. A law that year prohibited any openly gay foreigners from coming to live in the United States on the grounds that they were afflicted with a “psychopathic personality.”
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