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Colorado Marriage Equality Stalled as Court Halts Boulder Weddings

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Boulder County Clerk Hillary HallThe push for Colorado marriage equality stalled for the moment, as the state Supreme Court finally forced Boulder County clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder’s clerk to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples until there’s a definitive ruling on same-sex unions from the U.S. Supreme Court. The same court previously ruled in Suthers’ favor in ordering Denver to stop issuing licenses, but that ruling didn’t apply to Boulder. Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June after the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. That ruling was stayed pending appeal.

We also have a date for the state Supreme Court hearing in the case – October 20th.

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US Judge: Halt Deportation of Gay Spouse

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

San FranciscoA U.S. Immigration judge on Thursday afternoon halted deportation proceedings against Alfonso Garcia, the bi-national spouse of a gay man, and instead ordered that a routine green card petition process be initiated.

While seemingly “routine and unremarkable” that the judge ordered a Green Card petition case be heard — and stopping the deportation — the mere fact that the judge and the government lawyers acknowledge Garcia’s being legally married to his American husband Brian Willingham, is a victory for gay and lesbian bi-national couples who find themselves in similar situations, said Garcia’s attorney, Lavi Soloway in a phone call with LGBTQ Nation.

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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US Lawmaker Calls on Obama Administration to Stop Deportation of Gay Spouses

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt is pushing the Obama administration to halt deportation proceedings against the same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens. The Democrat wrote a letter to the federal Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday to make the request on behalf of a couple who live in his central New Jersey district. An estimated 36,000 bi-national same-sex couples are in the U.S., and all have reason to be worried if deportations are not stopped, the couple’s lawyer says.

The case underscores the ambiguous status of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of a heterosexual man and a heterosexual woman. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder said the government would no longer defend the law in court. But the administration continues to enforce it.

In New Jersey, Princeton University political science graduate student Josh Vandiver was married last year in Connecticut, where same-sex marriage is legal, to Henry Velandia, a citizen of Venezuela and professional salsa dancer. Velandia’s visitor visa expired, and he said he hasn’t been able to get a green card, or permanent resident status, through an employer. Because the federal government doesn’t recognize the couple’s marriage, Vandiver cannot sponsor Velandia as a heterosexual person could sponsor a spouse. Now Velandia is facing possible deportation and could be returned to his home country after a hearing May 6.

Full Story from The Democrat Herald

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