As Congress debates immigration reform, the US Supreme Court ruling on DOMA could throw a wrench in the works. The Sacramento Bee reports:
If the court rejects a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married couples federal benefits, the matter is moot. Gay and lesbian couples then should receive the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex couples. But if the court upholds the act, there will be more pressure from advocacy groups on President Barack Obama and members of Congress to add same-sex benefits to the pending immigration proposal. However, many conservative supporters of overhauling immigration – including conservative Roman Catholics and evangelicals – have warned that they might pull their support if same-sex marriage is in the package.
Court watchers think it’s highly unlikely that the US Supreme Court will uphold Section 3 of DOMA, but you never know what the court might do. Especially this court.