Gay-rights groups have successfully pressed the White House to slow deportations of immigrants in same-sex marriages with American citizens, even though Congress remains stymied on the issue.
In the fall of last year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that illegal immigrants in such partnerships with would be given low priority cases for deportation.
Advocacy groups such as The DOMA Project and Human Rights Campaign have also pushed the administration to hold off on processing the green-card applications of immigrants married to U.S. citizens of the same sex until the Supreme Court renders a verdict on DOMA. Advocates argue the applications should not be rejected until the law’s fate is clear.
Gay-rights groups have had less success on that front. While the administration has agreed to delay consideration of green-card applications from immigrants in same-sex marriages on a case-by-case basis, it has declined to adopt a broad policy of putting those applications in abeyance, according to activists.