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Defense of
Marriage Act
(DOMA)
On June 26, 2013, The Supreme Court of the United States declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
unconstitutional.  Now same-sex marriages are now recognized under the law.  As a result of this dramatic
decision, same-sex spouses can immediately begin filing the petitions or his/her same-sex spouse and
accompanying relatives which would provide them with employment authorization, travel permission, and may
even lead to legal permanent residence (green card).  In addition, a same-sex spouse may even act as a
qualifying relative for other forms of relief for someone who is currently in removal proceedings.

While same-sex spouses are eligible for the same type of family-based immigration benefits as heterosexual
spouses, the filing of applications for same-sex marriage benefits is sure to raise legal issues as to how USCIS will
view the evidence in these “non traditional” cases.

Our Attorneys at Azucena Valencia Law are in the forefront of this development and are moving forward in filing
petitions and benefits on behalf of our same-sex clients.
with our experienced immigration attorneys to discuss your options.