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Gay, married immigrant spared from deportation

March 10, 2012 (1 min read)

"A gay Costa Rican immigrant has been spared from deportation by a Houston immigration judge based in large part on his marriage to a U.S. citizen, the immigrant's attorney said. Judge Richard Walton on Thursday administratively closed the deportation case against David Gonzalez, an accountant who married a U.S. citizen in California in 2008, said John Nechman, his attorney. Immigrant and gay advocates heralded the case as the first in Texas to end in a reprieve based in large part on a same-sex marriage to a U.S. citizen." - Susan Carroll, Houston Chronicle, Mar. 9, 2012.