Lesbian couple married in Iowa, but spouse still faces deportation because of DOMA

Lesbian couple Sujey and Violeta Pando - married in Iowa but Sujey faces deportation because federal gov't doesn't recognize their marriage.

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT –The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents the federal government from recognizing the Iowan marriage of Violeta and Sujey Pando, and as a result, Sujey, who was born in Mexico, may be deported. Sujey came to America as a youth and later thrown out of the house after it was discovered she was a lesbian. She rebuilt her life from there but became a subject of an investigation into her background after a traffic stop.

Had Sujey entered a hetrosexual marriage, things would be quite different immigrant status-wise, but she choose love over deception thus exposing one of the hundreds of things wrong with the DOMA. This story is likely replayed thousands of times each year by people caught in legal limbo who wouldn’t be if not for the DOMA. Although President Obama’s call for the Justice department to stop enforcing some provisions has helped some, only the repealing of DOMA can help people like the Pandos.

The Pandos are hoping for relief through a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pilot program that is reviewing nonviolent immigrants with familial ties, including lesbians, however that program is ending and they have yet to hear if their case is dismissed. If it isn’t, Sujey faces a hearing in court on her status, and if she loses, she’ll be deported.

The Pandos own words on the matter: http://stopthedeportations.blogspot.com/2011/07/violeta-and-sujey-married-lesbian.html [note: the August hearing was apparently postponed pending the decision of the ICE pilot program.]

More details on the Pando saga: Lesbian couple in limbo as immigration pilot program officially ends today – Denver News – The Latest Word.

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