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When Real Life Meets Art: The Continued Enforcement of DOMA in the Immigration Context

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I was just  introduced to a new film starring Jamie Lynn Sigler of Sopranos and Entourage fame that tackles the subject of the continued enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the immigration context.


Here is a summary of the film:



Jack Edwards is a British gay man living in New York. After his brother gets killed in a brutal car crash Jack is left to raise his niece with his sister-in-law Mya. When Jack's work visa gets denied he marries his best friend Ali for a green card in a desperate attempt to keep his family together. After he meets Spanish American Mano Alfaro and his marriage of convenience starts to crumble, Jack is faced with impossible decisions for his family, friends and the man he loves.



And the trailer:











On April 2, 2012, Immigration Equality, on behalf of five same-sex couples, filed suit in U.S. District Court in New York challenging the constitutionality of DOMA.  The suit alleges equal protection violations stemming from the denial of immigration benefits due to gender and sexual orientation.


Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas among others, are the named defendants.  


The Obama administration continues to deny immigrant petitions filed on behalf of legally married same-sex spouses, and in most cases has been moving forward with deportation proceedings after the denial.


It will be very interesting to see if the Obama administration defends the law in District Court, or concedes its unconstitutionality.

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  1. roger's Avatar
    Really like the blog, appreciate the share!
  2. Daniel's Avatar
    I feel that same way, all of us are immigrants bedsies the native americans. Alot of us just dont view it that way because our families have been here for years, but AGAIN our ancestors came to this country as IMMIGRANTS. I think if the United States develops a better policy about immigration, there would not be as many illegal Immigrants coming in. I dont think having a diverse country has any negative effect, but I do think that having people in our country who are undocumented could be potentially dangerous to our well being. It is not just specifically one country ( South America) who have people coming into the country illegally. We are seeing more people from terror driven countries entering our country with purposes not to do better for themselves or their families, but to do HARM against us, and our families.
  3. Adela's Avatar
    Sympathetic to the cause am in the same situation mleysf but can't imagine why anyone is talking about this video. I'm happy that Matt and Yoav are married their love for each other is apparent but this video does very little to educate people about, or inspire support for, the cause. It is a very voyeuristic video laden with superficiality. (Not your lives, guys, just the parts we see portrayed in the video.) Let's hear the drama, let's see the tears, let's see the sleepless nights waiting for time zones to catch up so you can Skype. Let's hear about the career Matt is going to be leaving behind. Let's move beyond poignant music videos, folks, and get some hard hitting shouting dialogue going. Let's face it, squeaky wheels get greased. Another ain't love grand music video isn't anything worth talking about.
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