Lesbian Couple Sues To Stop Deportation

A California lesbian couple has filed a class-action federal lawsuit to stop the deportation of gay spouses.

"The suit, filed on behalf of Philippines citizen Jane DeLeon, adds to the list of recent cases in support of immigrants in same-sex marriages who would qualify for legal status if not for the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

DeLeon, an accounting clerk, is eligible for a green card but needs a waiver to show that the separation would cause extreme hardship to an American citizen spouse or parent.

Her application for a waiver was denied last year because DOMA prevents the U.S. government from recognizing her marriage to Irma Rodriguez, an American citizen.

The Irvine-based couple married in California in 2008 during the nearly five-month window when same-sex marriage was legal in the state."