The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in unconstitutional. The landmark June 26, 2013 decision ends DOMA’s ban on the federal government’s recognition of marriages by same-sex couples. As a result, U.S. citizens may now petition on behalf of their same-sex spouses for a Green Card. The Grady Firm congratulates same-sex couples on this historic decision!
On July 1, 2013, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, issued the following statement in a press release in response to the ruling:
“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also provided answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Supreme Court ruling’s effect on family-based petitions. To see the responses, click here.
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