DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to develop written policy guidance treating consider long-term same-sex couple relationships among the “family relationships” that may be considered in the decision whether to grant a stay of deportation.  Here’s coverage of the story:

Maria Sacchetti, U.S. Will Consider Same-Sex Partnerships in Deportations (Boston Globe, Sept. 28, 2012).

Julia Preston, Same-Sex Couples Granted Protection in Deportations (New York Times, Sept. 28, 2012).