On a national level, more than 50 organizations — including gay rights groups and Hispanic and Asian-American advocates — appealed this month to President Obama to allow all pending immigration petitions for gay spouses be “held in abeyance” until the high court rules.
Immigration Equality, one of the groups, filed the green card petition for Morales and Costello and also filed suit on behalf of several other gay binational couples, arguing that DOMA violated their rights to equal protection under U.S. laws.
“Pablo and I have been together for more than 20 years. We never wanted to break the law or create any problems. We just want what’s fair,” said Santiago Cortez, 57, a retired school psychologist in the New York borough of Queens whose partner Pablo Garcia, 52, is a native of Venezuela. The couple married last year in Connecticut. “We fulfill every requirement for his green card but one,” Cortez said. “We are both men.”