Monday, July 1, 2013
After years of resistance, the Department of Homeland Security -- prodded by the U.S. Supreme Court -- is moving amazingly fast in recognizing same sex marriages for immigration purposes. Here is a "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.”
Click the link above to see the DHS responses to "Frequently Asked Questions" on this topic.