Us Citizenship Bureau Says It Will No Longer Deport Gay Illegal Immigrants

03.30.11 |

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration says it will no longer deport gay illegal immigrants if they're married. They made the statement Monday, saying they will honor gay marriages in America and halt all deportation proceedings for gay foreign nationals, in order to comply with the President's directive on the Defense of Marriage Act. Matthew Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, denounced the USCIS decision. He clarified that the presidential order to cease defending DOMA was directed towards the court defense, not to other federal agencies. DOMA, he stated, is still law. Right now, there are several legal challenges against the federal marriage law, as well as bills in both the U.S. House and Senate to repeal it. Despite that, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the House is putting together a Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend DOMA.