Pride 5In 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.

A New World for Same-Sex Married Couples

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.