Thank goodness! A New York City judge stopped deportation proceedings on a Colombian man who is legally married to an American citizen after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for being unconstitutional, reports ThinkProgress.org. The federally-sanctioned DOMA only recognized marriage between a man and a woman, putting Steven, a Colombian, at risk for deportation as he was denied a green card after being married to a man named Sean Brooks.
Their case started in 2011, when Sean Brooks, an American citizen, tried to file a green card petition for his husband based on their same-sex marriage. Steven, who has not been in his native Colombia for 12 years, applied to have his deportation cancelled based on the hardship that his deportation would incur on his spouse. The USCIS, or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, did not recognize the request and cancelled his petition. Now, they can apply for a green card based on their legal married status.
Around 24,700 binational same-sex couples can now breathe a sigh of relief, as their status is deemed legal, reports ThinkProgress.org.