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This site was formerly known as "United by Love, Divided by Law." The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2013 that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) means that same-sex binational couples are now entitled to all the same rights and privileges of marriage accorded to opposite-sex couples. The biggest right of all - immigration rights, and the right of an American citizen to sponsor a foreign partner for permanent residency (i.e., a green card), is now ours! Thank you for visiting and your support. - Kathy Drasky, Volunteer Media Coordinator, Out4Immigration, 2006-2013.
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VICTORY! Supreme Court's DOMA Decision Grants Same-Sex Binational Couples Federal Immigration Rights

VICTORY! Supreme Court's DOMA Decision Grants Same-Sex Binational Couples Federal Immigration Rights | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples.


Of the more than 1,100 federal rights no one is more critical to same-sex binational couples than immigration - or the right of an American citizen to sponsor a foreign-born spouse for permanent residency, or a green card.

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Department of Homeland Security: Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

Department of Homeland Security: Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

“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.”

Please visit the DHS website for FAQs for same-sex binational couples.

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DOMA Ruling Clears Path for Same-Sex Binational Couples

DOMA Ruling Clears Path for Same-Sex Binational Couples | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

In striking down the DOMA, the Supreme Court also settles a hotly debated issue immigration reform: should LGBT US citizens be allowed to sponsor their partners for green cards. Yes, the court says

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WATCH: Brian and Alfonso Interview on How DOMA Ruling Eases Immigration Worries for Same-Sex Couples

WATCH: Brian and Alfonso Interview on How DOMA Ruling Eases Immigration Worries for Same-Sex Couples | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The decision on DOMA should help keep same-sex binational couples from being separated by an immigration order.

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DOMA Decision to End Exile of Gay Couples Abroad

DOMA Decision to End Exile of Gay Couples Abroad | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

While DOMA was in effect, gay and lesbian Americans legally married to a foreign national had no way to sponsor them for a spouse visa to live in the United States because the federal government refused to recognize their union. 


All that's a thing of the past now.

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After DOMA: What It Means for You

After DOMA: What It Means for You | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has compiled fact sheets for many aspects of your rights in the post-DOMA world. There is one specifically for immigration rights. (see list)....

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For Binational Couples, Supreme Court's Decision on DOMA Is a Long-Awaited Relief

The ruling on June 26, 2013 paves the way for gay and lesbian U.S. citizens to sponsor a foreign-born spouse for a green card.

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Boulder Couple Sees Future in U.S. Secured by Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling

Boulder Couple Sees Future in U.S. Secured by Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Catriona Dowling got the news early Wednesday from a friend by text message. Her wife, Cathy Davis, heard it shouted by a neighbor upon returning from taking their children to an ESL summer school program. And just like that, this same-sex binational couple's struggle to stay together in the U.S. got a whole lot easier. Now they, and some 40,000 other couples in similar situations will be able to apply for green cards for the foreign spouse - a right that was denied gay and lesbian couples under DOMA. 

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DOMA's Defeat a Clear Victory for Same-Sex Binational Couples

DOMA's Defeat a Clear Victory for Same-Sex Binational Couples | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Of all the many ways in which DOMA harmed same-sex couples and their families, immigration was surely one of the cruelest. DOMA placed a dark cloud over same-sex binational couples, forcing them to live in fear of separation. US citizens, in order to stay together with a foreign same-sex spouse or partner, were often forced to choose between the person they love or the country they love – a choice no person should have to make.


All that changed on Wednesday when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down section 3 of DOMA. Legally married same-sex couples now have access to federal marriage rights - among those, the prize for same-sex binationals: immigration rights, or the right of an American citizen to sponsor their foreign spouse for a green card.

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Florida Couples May Not Get Full Federal Benefits, Despite Supreme Court DOMA Decision

Florida Couples May Not Get Full Federal Benefits, Despite Supreme Court DOMA Decision | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

One right, however, that this same-sex binational Florida couple will receive is the right of the American citizen to petition for a marriage-based green card for his husband. Immigration law recognizes any marriage that is legal -- that is if you were married in a state, jurisdiction or country where marriage equality exists, then the federal government must recognize your marriage, regardless of the state you reside in.

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For Gay Immigrants, Marriage Ruling Brings Relief and a Path to a Green Card

For Gay Immigrants, Marriage Ruling Brings Relief and a Path to a Green Card | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The impact of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had been severe, leaving many same-sex binational couples living in fear that they could be separated from their spouses. The Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to strike down DOMA brought a stunning improvement in the lives of Steven Infante, an immigrant from Colombia, and his American husband — less than an hour after the ruling was announced.

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VIDEO: Where is Home? A Binational Gay Love Story

Ken an Otts have already endured one separation. They may face another next year. Unless our laws around the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) change tomorrow. Watch their story. They are lucky guys to have so many loving and devoted friends - here's hoping that DOMA will not force them apart ever again.

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It's Official: The Supreme Court Will Rule on DOMA & Prop 8 on Wednesday, June 26 at 10 am EST

It's Official: The Supreme Court Will Rule on DOMA & Prop 8 on Wednesday, June 26 at 10 am EST | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

After weeks of Supreme Court watching, just three decisions remain to be released by SCOTUS, two of which will have great impact for same-sex binationals. Today, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Wednesday, June 26 will be the day these last three decisions will be handed down. Experts expect the rulings to be issued starting at 10am EST (7am PST).

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Gay Widower Renews Call for Marriage-Based Green Card

Gay Widower Renews Call for Marriage-Based Green Card | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Once called a "faggot" by the U.S. government, Australian-born Anthony Sullivan filed a motion Monday to reopen his application for a green card. Today, Sullivan goes to court with attorney Lavi Soloway to seek justice. His husband, Richard Adams, a U.S. citizen, passed away 6 months before Section 3 of DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court.

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Gay Married Man in Florida Is Approved for Green Card

Gay Married Man in Florida Is Approved for Green Card | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The USICS announced they would be putting the new procedures in place this week for same-sex binational couples seeking green cards.

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First Green Card in U.S. History Approved for Married Same-Sex Couple

First Green Card in U.S. History Approved for Married Same-Sex Couple | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Posted Saturday morning, June 29, 2013 to Facebook by immigration attorney Lavi Soloway: "The DOMA Project WINS FIRST GREEN CARD APPROVAL FOR A MARRIED GAY COUPLE IN U.S. HISTORY, JUST TWO DAYS AFTER SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN DOMA!"

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Immigration Benefits for Binational Gay Couples to Change under DOMA Ruling

Immigration Benefits for Binational Gay Couples to Change under DOMA Ruling | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The U.S. government says it will begin extending immigration benefits to gay married couples in light of the Supreme Court's decision striking down key portions of a federal gay marriage law. That means that U.S. citizens or permanent residents with foreign spouses would be able to sponsor their partners for U.S. residency, like straight married Americans can.

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Napolitano: DHS Working to Implement DOMA Ruling for Immigrants

Napolitano: DHS Working to Implement DOMA Ruling for Immigrants | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was pleased by the Supreme Court's ruling striking down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and had begun work extending same-sex benefits to legally married couples. 


The Homeland Security Department oversees immigration applications, and 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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After DOMA: Immigration

After DOMA: Immigration | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court victory in United States v. Windsor striking down the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affirms that all loving and committed couples who are married deserve equal legal respect and treatment from the federal government. 


The demise of DOMA marks a turning point in how the United States government treats the relationships of married same-sex couples for federal programs that are linked to being married. For same-sex binational couples, federal immigration rights are now available to those who have been legally married in a state, country or jurisdiction where there is marriage equality.

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President Barack Obama’s Statement on Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision

President Barack Obama’s Statement on Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act  The White House issued the DOMA statement on June 26, 2013: I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...


"...we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly."

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After DOMA: A Couple Freed from the Threat of Deportation

After DOMA: A Couple Freed from the Threat of Deportation | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Even though Brian Andersen and Anton Tanumihardja are married, Anton had been living under the constant threat of deportation, since the federal government did not recognize the marriages of same-sex partners (until Wednesday, June 26).


One Valentine’s Day, Anton was forced to say goodbye to Anderson and was actually already at the airport when the message came in from their lawyer advising that his deportation, once again, had been postponed.


Now that DOMA has been struck down by the Supreme Court of the United States, the couple will finally have a chance to move forward without facing the constant stress of possibly being ripped apart.

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VIDEO: Rachel Maddow Show Covers How the SCOTUS DOMA Decision Stopped a Deportation

When the Supreme Court struck down DOMA on Wednesday morning, Gabe, an intern for attorney Lavi Soloway's DOMA Project, ran several blocks to a New York courtroom to deliver the printed ruling in order to stop the deportation of a Colombian man married to an American man. This same-sex binational couple was about to be tormn apart by DOMA. But when DOMA came down, the deportation was stopped. Coverage of this amazing story begins at about 2 minutes into the video.

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Disputed DOMA Provision Struck Down: Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Binationals!

Disputed DOMA Provision Struck Down: Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Binationals! | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

Sveta Apodaca and her wife, Andi, had been at the forefront of fighting the Defense of Marriage Act for years, but on Wednesday, the Macomb resident said the couple could in a way finally breathe freely.


The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal provision denying benefits to same-sex married couples in a narrow ruling, spurring a widespread feeling of victory for gay rights advocates across the country. For Apodaca, a staffer and alumna of Western Illinois University, the decision is a culmination of a years-long fight against the act since first taking her experience public.

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DOMA Ruling Makes U.S. Businesses More Globally Competitive

DOMA Ruling Makes U.S. Businesses More Globally Competitive | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court's DOMA decision is a win for American companies struggling to keep talented employees with foreign-born same-sex spouses. U.S. citizens in exile with foreign partners will now be welcomed home and will reverse a "brain drain" created by DOMA, which forced several gay and lesbian Americans with foreign partners to choose between their partner or their country. 


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Striking Down DOMA Will Be Win for Binational Same-Sex Couples

Striking Down DOMA Will Be Win for Binational Same-Sex Couples | United by Love, United by Law | Scoop.it

In a mere twenty-four hours the US Supreme Court will finally hand down its decision in United States v Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry. For millions of Americans in favor of marriage equality, tomorrow may well be one of the most joy-filled days of their lives… or one of the most devastating; and in light of the win for Affirmative Action earlier this week, and then today’s slap in the face of civil rights, there is no telling what SCOTUS will ultimately decide about same-sex marriage.

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