Homeland Security Officially Ends Ban On Green Cards For Gay Couples
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has officially affirmed that binational legally married gay couples can now receive green cards.
“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”
The move follows last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. As we reported this weekend, a Florida gay couple became the first same-sex binational married couple to receive green card approval.
Head here for more info on the USCIS’ implementation of the Supreme Court’s ruling.