USA: Binational Couples Await Supreme Court Ruling On the Defense of Marriage Act

Written by scott on April 15th, 2013

Defense of Marriage ActBinational couples across the United States are hoping that the Supreme Court strikes down section 3 of DOMA, recognizing their marriages and allowing them to keep their foreign partner in United States legally. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Jason Kirchick and Christian Pinillos of Stowe, Vt., are worried not only about their future working at a struggling ski lodge but also about their marriage. Now that the lodge has fallen on hard times, the men’s jobs are in jeopardy and with his job, so is Pinillos’ immigration status. The Peru native is in the U.S. on a work visa, which he would lose if he’s unemployed. The pair, who married in Massachusetts in 2011, is among many same-sex couples and others around the country anxiously awaiting the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

There are many, many other binational couples in the same straits – hopefully the Supreme Court ruling will bring them some relief.

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  1. Robert Skip Burns says:

    You are so right that we are waiting. My partner and I live in Thailand. If DOMA goes down we will come to the US on a holiday and marry in NYC. Then back to Thailand and begin the process with US Immigrations to bring my “spouse” to live and work back in the US. We have wanted to move for the past 4 years and I feel like I live in exile.

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