United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Will No Longer Deny Applications By Same Sex Couples

The Daily Beast has broken the story that it has been confirmed that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) District Offices will no longer deny alien relative petitions and green card applications filed by married same-sex couples

Stop The Deportations explains:

“Instead, final decisions on these applications will be held in abeyance, i.e. put on hold. This historic first seems to be directly linked to the Obama administration’s change of position on DOMA announced on February 23. The DOMA Project welcomes the new and exciting potential this presents for married gay and lesbian couples to obtain legal status and prevent deportations of the foreign partner. However, in this new and rapidly changing legal environment, we urge attorneys and binational couples to proceed with an abundance of caution.

The significance of the “abeyance” policy is two-fold: first, it means that petitions and applications that normally would have been denied because of DOMA, will now remain in “pending” status, and second, this status will give protection and benefits to the applicant for an indefinite period. The “abeyance” policy, it is presumed, will put these cases on hold while the ultimate fate of DOMA is determined by a decision of the Supreme Court or through repeal by Congress.”

Great news. That will affect thousands of gay and lesbian married couples.  But it is a bit of a mess because of the lack of States that offer same sex marriage and the massive amounts of red tape,  but it is a bit of movement in  the right direction and we have to push harder for all inclusive alien relative petitions.  So lets not just accept this and wait.  So keep pushing for it!

We should expect to hear Huckabee, Perkins, Fischer, Gallagher and the rest of the American Taliban throwing a kiniption fit in 5….4….3….2….1……

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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