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Wash. Post wants moratorium on deportation of binational spouses

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The Washington Post's editorial board gets it right on binational same-sex couples. Now, the Obama administration has to do the right thing, too. Stop the deportation:

DOMA has been an impediment to the rights of gay men and lesbians since its inception in 1996. It withholds from same-sex couples the legal protections, obligations and privileges enjoyed by their heterosexual counterparts. Repeal appears out of reach, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced in February that the Justice Department would no longer defend DOMA in court, after concluding that it is unconstitutional.

The attorney general has vacated the court decision and asked the Board of Immigration Appeals whether Mr. Dorman’s civil union makes him a “spouse” under New Jersey law and whether, absent DOMA, he would be considered a “spouse” under immigration law. Mr. Holder should erase any confusion by declaring a moratorium on removal of foreign nationals in state-recognized same-sex unions until federal courts determine DOMA’s constitutionality. He should ensure that the government is not focusing on breaking up otherwise law-abiding families.
We could spend a lot of time fighting the Obama administration over these deportations until DOMA is finally gone. And, if we have to do that, we will. Now, that's time the Obama campaign would probably prefer be directed at the reelection. Just saying.

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