LGBT Rights and U.S. Immigration Law

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Until recently, there wasn't much to say about the rights of the LGBT community -- in particular, gay and lesbian persons -- under U.S. immigration law. However, that has radically changed with the 2013 Supreme Court decision known as Windsor, overturning core portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Under DOMA, marriage had been defined as only the legal union of a man and a woman. With that limitation removed from the federal legal landscape, gay and lesbian couples have essentially the same immigration rights as opposite-sex couples, whether they seek spouse-based visas, fiance visas, or derivative status on a spouse or parent's visa. Learn more here.

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