Boston Globe Editorial Features Senator’s Kerry Advocacy for Jackie & Gloria, Who Seek Abeyance for Green Card Petition
Today’s Boston Globe editorial reported on the denials of green card petitions for same-sex binational spouses under the Defense of Marriage Act and called for equal treatment of same-sex spouses for the purposes of immigration. The editorial told the story of Jackie and Gloria, a married binational couple from Massachusetts who are one of the many couples participating in The DOMA Project. On April 4, Jackie and Gloria, accompanied by The DOMA Project’s co-founder Lavi Soloway, met with senior staff at Senator Kerry’s office to discuss the details of a letter that would urge DHS Secretary Napolitano to hold their green card petition in abeyance.
Jackie and Gloria met when they were college students after Gloria came to the United States from Pakistan on a student visa. A happily married couple in their twenties living in Massachusetts, they are struggling to build their lives together as they face an uncertain future under the Defense of Marriage Act. Faced with the prospect of seeing her wife deported to Pakistan, Jackie filed a marriage-based green card petition for Gloria earlier this year and sought support of their elected representatives to urge the Obama administration not to deny their petition.
Earlier this month, Senator John Kerry and 16 other U.S. Senators called on Obama administration to request that all marriage-based green card petitions filed by lesbian and gay couples be held in abeyance.
Today, the Boston Globe became the latest major newspaper to call for an end to “DOMA deportations” that threaten to tear apart loving couples like Gloria and Jackie.