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Bi-national same sex couples file lawsuit against DOMA

The federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was challenged in court on Monday when five legally married same sex partners filed a lawsuit arguing that the law is unfair to bi-national couples. In the suit, the couples (who want to apply for green cards) allege that DOMA violates their…

DNC chair: ‘LGBT equality is not an aspiration, it’s a destination’

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) came out strongly in support of equality for same sex binational couples last night at Immigration Equality’s annual reception in Washington, DC, calling the struggle for full equality for LGBT people “the defining civil rights struggle of our generation.” Wasserman Schultz was joined…

Senators urge gov’t to accept green card applications from same sex couples

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is calling on the Obama administration to stop denying green card applications submitted by same sex bi-national couples. The Massachusetts senator and 11 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter (.pdf) to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Wednesday asking them to hold…

U.S. immigration service will no longer accept green card applications from bi-national same sex couples

A victory scored by married bi-national same sex couples this week turned out to be only temporary. After only one day, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it would no longer accept green card applications from gays and lesbians with spouses from abroad. “The guidance we were…

U.S. immigration service accepting green card applications from bi-national same sex couples

Married bi-national same sex couples scored a victory Monday when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would no longer deny their green card applications. “USCIS has issued guidance to the field asking that related cases be held in abeyance while awaiting final guidance related to…

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