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Tag: Defense of Marriage Act

  • Entry guidance for same-sex couples at U.S. ports of entry

    As reported last month, the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA is no longer an impediment in recognizing same-sex couples under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), so long as the marriage is valid under the laws of the state where it was celebrated.  While other immigration agencies, like […]

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  • LGBT Safety, Immigration and Travel Issues (Part One of Three)

    While there are a number of countries that provide legal protections to LGBT travelers, others do not.  Additionally, there are countries that even criminalize consensual same-sex relationships.  Individuals convicted under these laws face harsh penalties.  Before choosing an international travel destination, LGBT travelers should be aware of local laws and biases at international destinations, and […]

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  • B Visa Offers One Option for Same-Sex Couples (Part Three of Three)

    As the final installment of our three-part series, today’s blog will address a very specific solution for some LGBT couples – The B visa for same-sex partners. While the country waits for the Supreme Court to hear two cases related to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex individuals continue to look for options […]

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  • We the People … Will LGBT Couples Get a Shot at Green Cards?

    On Monday, January 21st, President Obama was sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the U.S.  During his inauguration speech, President Obama signaled his administration’s willingness to take up a number of issues in its second term.  Among those issues:  equal pay for women, voter rights, immigration reform and continued progress […]

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