by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.
In light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013, the federal government must recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples with regard to federal benefits, which includes immigration law relief. Since July 2013, immigrant beneficiaries of petitions filed by their same-sex U.S. citizen spouse have finally been able to obtain a Green Card, which grants them status as a Legal Permanent Resident and a path to U.S. citizenship. Continue reading
July 30, 2013-
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: Continue reading