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Immigration to allow Gay & Lesbian Families to file Petitions

The Supreme Court struck down the Defensive of Marriage Act opening the door for thousands of gay and lesbian couples to marry and file family based petitions for each other.  “Today’s historic decision means that our immigration system must stop treating gay and lesbian families differently than other families.   For far too long, gay and lesbian U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents have been barred from obtaining immigration status for their noncitizen spouses.  As a result, families have been separated and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents have been deported from the United States. …

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano also issued a statement to press confirming that DHS is “working with our federal partners, including the Department of Justice, [to] implement today’s decision so that all married couples will be treated equally and fairly in the administration of our immigration laws.”  For more information, go to. http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/newsroom/release/american-immigration-council-applauds-doma-decision-1

 

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