by Rex Wockner
The LGBT group Immigration Equality is planning to sue the federal government over the Defense of Marriage Act. The group says DOMA prevents married U.S. citizens from bringing their foreign same-sex spouses to live with them in U.S. states that allow same-sex marriage or recognize same-sex marriages from elsewhere.
The planned lawsuit follows President Barack Obama’s recent instruction to the Department of Justice that it stop defending in court the section of DOMA that bans the federal government from recognizing states’ same-sex marriages.
Immigration Equality said it believes there is a good chance the lawsuit will succeed, at least for legally married same-sex couples in states that allow or recognize same-sex marriages.