In June 2013, The Supreme Court issued a landmark civil rights ruling in United States v. Windsor, striking down Article 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), thereby ordering the federal government to recognize legally married same-sex couples. This Decision specifies that the federal government must provide the same benefits, including immigration benefits, to same-sex couples as it does to heterosexual couples.
In response to the Decision, NYLAG has created the LGBT Immigration Project, which assists same-sex couples in marriage based immigration petitions, LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence, and LGBT immigrants seeking asylum. NYLAG’s LGBT Immigration Project formalizes the Immigrant Protection Unit’s long-standing commitment to serving the LGBT community, and strengthens NYLAG’s ongoing work to protect the rights of immigrants.
Questions? For a list of Frequently Asked Questions for Bi-National Same-Sex Couples Post Section 3 of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) Click Here.
Shortly after the June 2013 Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which declared that the federal government could no longer discriminate against married gay couples under a law called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Joanna and Sabina, a newly married bi-national same-sex couple sought the assistance of a NYLAG immigration attorney to assist Sabina, a naturalized U.S. citizen, to petition for a green card for Joanna. The Windsor decision will impact thousands of couples like Joanna and Sabina. Read More.