SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS DOMA: HOW THE DECISION WILL AFFECT IMMIGRATION BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES

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On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. Section 3 previously limited the federal definition of marriage to be a legal union between a man and a woman. As a result, legally married same-sex couples will soon be eligible to apply for the same Federal benefits that have been available to opposite-sex married couples, including immigration benefits. While the ruling removes a barrier to immigration benefits for same-sex couples, only those same-sex couples whose marriage is legally recognized by the state of celebration will be eligible for these benefits.

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