It’s official now.
Presumably includes illegal aliens…..
From Human Rights Brief (title: US Recognizes LGBT rights for Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Purposes)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated as official, written policy that non-U.S. citizens in long-term same-sex relationships with U.S. citizens and facing deportation are eligible to have their deportations suspended under a 2011 policy of prosecutorial discretion. Under this administrative framework, U.S. law does not change but DHS will not enforce existing orders of removal for this particular class. The DHS policy under the Obama administration has been to focus enforcement resources on deporting unauthorized aliens who pose a security risk to the United States, and consider other factors when a person is not a risk. If an immigrant does not have past criminal convictions, immigration officials deciding whether to pursue removal are instructed to consider factors such as family relationships and the age at which the individual entered the United States. The new instructions clarify that “family relationships” can include same-sex partnerships.
DHS officials previously indicated that that LGBT partners are protected under the prosecutorial discretion policy, but this is the first time the department has clarified that position in written instructions to its enforcement officers. The guidelines will prevent confusion in the field and also serve as documentation that can strengthen individuals’ cases for deferment after they have been apprehended. However, because the program is only an administrative policy, it can be withdrawn under a subsequent presidential administration.
So, here is the trick—enter the US illegally and find a same-sex partner and bam!—you are in! And, truth be told, no one is coming into the bedroom to check-out your claim.
Oh, and by the way, look for more edicts like this from the Obama Administration if Romney should win tomorrow. For the next two months they will be busy doing more of this and then if Romney tries to change it later, he will be called out as a racist homophobe—a twofer for the extreme Left wing!