1. The deportation proceedings of a gay Colombian man who is married to an American citizen were immediately stopped by a New York City immigration judge only minutes after the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down by the Supreme Court.
The DOMA Project, a campaign launched in October 2010 by a group of married binational couples, physically ran the ruling five blocks to the immigration judge. The group’s aim is “to raise awareness of the cruel impact of [DOMA] on married gay and lesbian bi-national couples and to bring an end to that discrimination.”
2. Steven, who was in danger of being deported to Colombia — a country he had not lived in for 12 years — married Sean Brooks in 2011.
The DOMA Project
10:30 EDT: NYC Immigration Judge stopped #deportation proceedings for Colombian man married to gay American… http://t.co/Tt9NlcjTZB
3. At the time, Brooks wrote about his experience as he and his husband decided to publicly fight to stay together.
I am no stranger to injustice. I am black, gay, I came of age at a time when de-segregation had been fought for, and though not complete, had started changing society. Living through this upheaval and becoming well-adjusted as a double minority is not the sum total of my experience. Coming to terms with being black and gay, I found myself in my fifth decade of life contending with a new identity as half of a binational gay couple.
4. Initially the green card request was denied because the hardship the deportation would have on his spouse was not recognized as a valid reason. Today’s ruling is one of the first of many for binational couples like them.
According to a UCLA analysis cited in the report Living in Dual Shadows: LGBT Undocumented Immigrants by the Center for American Progress, “There are at least 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult population of undocumented immigrants.”