Great question, needs an immigration attny with an opinion on DOMA my opinion is that is should not be struck down.
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Not so fast.. Let's first see that DOMA is indeed struck down, and then let's see how that decision "percolates" to immigration law.
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Good question, but you are getting a bit ahead of the game. Let's first see exactly what the Supreme Court does and how Congress responds.
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It is amazing how people constantly ask immigration attorneys to engage in all kinds of conjectures, predictions and speculations. We are not political commentators and cannot really do that. Who knows whether SC will strike DOMA? Who knows how it is going to play out if DOMA is stricken? Will the Administration begin recognizing marriage in its contemporary broader definition in immigration context or drug its feet and kick the can down the road for the next Administration to deal with it? If the issue is left for the states, how different state Constitutions, laws and definitions of marriage be reconciled? How much time will it take until LGBT community is able to convey immigration benefits, if at all, to their spouses? Who knows? How can we know? I can guess that Texas will probably be among the last to recognize marriage in its contemporary broad meaning, so that a marriage contracted in NY may take a generation to be finally recognized in Texas. I may be wrong though and we may see tomorrow millions of Texans marching on the streets demanding that marriage between same sex partners be recognized in the State. I see it as highly unlikely, though/
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