There’s no shortage of items on the wish list: Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act. Extending Social Security benefits for gay partners. Changing regulations on deporting immigrants in same-sex marriages…

The day after Obama’s marriage announcement, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and 16 of his colleagues sent a letter urging the Justice and Homeland Security departments to halt any deportations of immigrant spouses in same-sex couples, such as Massachusetts spouses legally married under state law but not recognized under federal statutes. That’s just one more step that the administration could take to undercut DOMA’s provisions that allow states not to recognize same-sex marriages legal elsewhere, Kerry said, and he’s counting on the White House to lead the way.

“I don’t have high hopes of this Congress doing any of them legislatively, but they’ve got to get done and that’s why I’m focusing more on the executive branch, even though the burden shouldn’t have to be on them,” Kerry said. “I know that we’re going to have a better legislative environment in the future, but we’ve still got to do what we can do now to save lives.”