Update – Government Agencies Extend More Immigration Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

By: Grant W. Godfrey We have previously written about the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision in the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). DOMA had prohibited the Federal Government from recognizing same-sex marriages by defining the word “marriage” as a legal union between one man and one woman. We also …

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USCIS Now Allows Same-Sex Couples to Sponsor Each Other for Green Cards

By: Grant Godfrey On July 2, 2013, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“CIS”), the government agency with primary responsibility over granting immigration benefits, issued an Alert containing a statement from the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and a Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) regarding implementation of the Supreme Court Decision that overturned a critical section …

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