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Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision Paves the Path for Married Same-Sex Couples to Sponsor their Foreign Spouses’ Immigration Petition and Keep Their Families Together

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its United States v. Windsor decision. Section 3 of DOMA prevented the federal government from recognizing same sex couples for the purposes of federal laws and programs. With the prohibition defeated, the Department of Homeland Security will now allow legally married U.S. citizens to petition for a green card for their same-sex spouses the same way heterosexual married couples are allowed.

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If you wish to read more articles on the impact of the DOMA decision on immigration, read Napolitano: DHS working to implement DOMA ruling for immigrants, and Pride, DOMA and Immigration.