Op-ed: DOMA, the First Battle in the Immigration War

The Advocate
July 2, 2013

On Wednesday, just 30 minutes after the Supreme Court announced its decision striking down section 3 the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, a New York judge halted the deportation of a Colombian man married to a gay American citizen.

The historic and much-needed demise of this provision of DOMA will provide an estimated 28,500 same-sex binational couples with an easier roadmap to citizenship. And for that, we rejoice; we have taken an important step on our journey to equality.

But we have not yet reached our destination.

We are still fighting for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, including at least 267,000 LGBT immigrants. These are LGBT asylum-seekers, single LGBT immigrants with families that can’t sponsor them, and LGBT couples where both are undocumented.