Tag: Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)


Commentary: Gay, Married and Waiting (Uncomfortably) for Immigration Reform

Erwin de Leon reflects on why immigration reform is so important to him personally.


What the DOMA Ruling Means for Gay Binational Couples

Erwin de Leon has a clear path to becoming a U.S. citizen now that the Supreme Court repealed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).


U.S. Recognizes Binational Marriages with Trans Spouses

Under an interim policy announced last week immigration authorities will recognize heterosexual marriages when one member of the couple is transgender.


De Leon: Constitutionality of DOMA Challenged in Court by Gay Binational Couples

Five lesbian and gay couples filed suit in federal court on Monday, challenging Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prevents American citizens from sponsoring same-gender spouses for legal permanent residency.


De Leon: Gay Binational Couples Fight Back

After last week’s commentary on the response of gay binational couples to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deportation guidelines, Fi2W blogger Erwin De Leon received quite a few heated reactions.

A protest against the Defense of Marriage Act in Chicago

De Leon: Gay Binational Couples React to DHS Deportation Guidance

LGBT couples are upset that DHS’ new guidelines do not signal reprieve for binational couples in which one partner is an American citizen and the other an immigrant at risk of deportation.

Monica Alcota and Cristina Ojeda walking in Queens

New York, Marriage Equality and Immigrants

New York’s new Marriage Equality law expands LGBT civil rights in the state, but it will not help lesbian and gay immigrants who hope to gain permanent residency by marrying American partners.

The Morton Memo on Immigration Enforcement: What About Gay Families?

In his weekly column, Erwin de Leon looks at a recent memo from the head of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and its potential impact on gay binational couples.

Monica Alcota and Cristina Ojeda's wedding photograph

Podcast: Gay Immigrant Couples and the Defense of Marriage Act

In February, President Obama declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. But the administration’s DOMA policy is still evolving, and one of the key testing grounds involves cases of same-sex immigrant couples where one of the partners faces deportation.


Seeking a Wider Dialogue on Queer Migrations

A recent conference at The New School focused on immigration issues in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.