Obama admin. now says ‘abeyances’ for binational couples could last only a week

Don’t get too excited about the earlier news about binational same-sex couples. The light at the end of the tunnel might get a harder to see. Seems the “abeyance” we learned about yesterday might be short-lived — like just a week long.

Actually, this is more of what I’d expect from the Department of Homeland Security:

Despite statements from leading organizations – most prominently, Immigration Equality – suggesting that the cases would be held in abeyance until DOMA’s constitutionality is settled, a DHS official told Metro Weekly on Monday night that the abeyance could last for as little as a week.

“[P]ursuant to CIS’s routine practice when there’s a new law or regulation that will potentially affect their resolution of certain cases, they hold [the cases] in abeyance until they get the final guidance from the general counsel’s office,” the official said. “DHS expects this issue to be resolved imminently.”

After that abeyance has ended, the official notes, “[I]n individual cases, USCIS has always had the authority to exercise discretion on a case-by-case basis, in light of the unique circumstances of that particular case.”

Seriously, Janet Napolitano, don’t you have real security issues to worry about? And, don’t think the Obama administration won’t split families apart. They’re deporting more people than Bush did.

DOMA really needs to go. Too bad our friends on Capitol Hill didn’t try to repeal that law when they controlled the House and had 60 votes in the Senate. But, that was back in 2009 – 2010, when the White House didn’t understand that actually passing pro-LGBT legislation was good politics. So, now, we wait for the courts and John Boehner will be using your tax dollars to fight against your equality.


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