DOMA Struck Down!

Press Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Press Release
June 26, 2013
Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY JANET NAPOLITANO ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING ON THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

“I applaud today’s Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor holding that the Defense
of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. This discriminatory law denied thousands of
legally married same-sex couples many important federal benefits, including immigration
benefits. I am pleased the Court agreed with the Administration’s position that DOMA’s
restrictions violate the Constitution. Working with our federal partners, including the Department
of Justice, we will implement today’s decision so that all married couples will be treated equally
and fairly in the administration of our immigration laws.”

###
Note: In an exchange after his keynote speech at the AILA Annual Conference (AC), USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas indicated that since February 2011, when the Administration opined on the unconstitutionality of DOMA, USCIS has kept a list of all I-130 petitions filed by same-sex bi-national couples that were denied, and is now prepared to act accordingly.

Comments are closed.