A Filipino woman sponsored by her employer to become a green card holder has been unable to obtain residency, through a waiver, in the United States to be with her American spouse, due to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which does not allow the US government to recognize same sex marriages. A suit has been filed on behalf of the woman by her American spouse in an effort to bring her to the US to be with her spouse. Under the act the relationship between the two women does not qualify as a relationship recognized by the Act. Additionally, the suit is seeking an injunction to prevent the deportation of individuals who have a same sex marriage that would otherwise be granted legal status in the US.
Given the various international legal documents that have provided for the rights of all humans, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights issued by the United Nations, should the international community have a unified voice in support of same sex marriages, particularly in regards to immigration issues? On the other hand, the strong religious views of individuals from different faiths in support or against the same sex marriages could lead to greater tensions amongst the international community. The sensitivity of the issue has presumably lead nations and international organizations to leave the issue alone. Perhaps the sovereignty of Nations should not be intruded upon by a larger international effort and the issue should continue to be dealt with by each Nation differently. Furthermore, the sovereignty of Nations in regards to immigration in general may also be jeopardized by any uniform international pressure. How should this issue be approached: through international efforts or the preservation of governmental sovereignty?
The article outlining more on the Immigration struggle of the Filipino woman can be found here.