The Supreme Court's June 26, 2013 ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional is good news for bi-national same-sex married couples. It is now possible for a U.S. citizen to file an immigration visa petition on behalf of a foreign national spouse of the same-sex.
- U.S. Department of State FAQ
- USCIS FAQ
8/2/13 Announcement from Secretary of State John Kerry on Visa Changes for Same-Sex Spouses: "Effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses."
GLAD’s Work On This Issue
Immigration law can be bewilderingly complex and stressful. Though this area is not the primary focus of GLAD's work, it can effect LGBT and HIV-positive people in dramatic ways. Because of this, GLAD makes every effort to provide people with resources and connections with experts in the field.