DOMA ruling saves immigrants from deportation

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SAN DIEGO — The effects of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling went beyond recognizing same-sex marriages, it also saved tens of thousands of immigrants from getting deported.

Paul Gunn and Grant Roy, who have been married for three years, owner a business, home and three dogs together.  Up until Wednesday, the life they’ve built was at the mercy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 6.53.00 PMI would be deported,” said Gunn, an Australian citizen.

He met his husband, a U.S. citizen from Texas, while living in America under a student Visa.

But after tying the knot in New York, his Visa expired and a request to stay in the country based on their marriage license was denied because of Defense of Marriage Act. Fortunately for them, a judge put the deportation order on hold pending the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The ruling allowed them to stay together.

“I finally feel like I’m part of this country,” said Roy.

“It took me about a half an hour, I was watching the news and I sitting there and its like all those years of stress and worrying whether I’m going to get deported just lifted,” said Gunn.

A recent study by the William Institute at UCLA’s School of Law shows at least 40,000 bi-national same sex couples could benefit from the ruling.

But immigration experts say the process could take some time.

“Immigration officers and examiners across the country are going to have to be trained in how to deal with these sort of petitions. Now that DOMA is no longer law,” said immigration attorney Robin Carr.

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