DOMA UPDATE: Three Immigration Success Stories for Same-Sex Couples Following the Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

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

In Light of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Same-Sex Couples Can Sponsor Their Spouses For a Family-Based Immigrant Visa

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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