In a pair of 5-4 rulings on the final day of the Supreme Court's term, the justices held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Read one of the cases here: U.S. v. Windsor
Almost immediately thereafter, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement to the effect that individuals with legally valid gay marriages are immediately eligible to file a Form I - 130; Petition for Alien Relative, and assist their spouse to immigrate to the United States. Click here to read the statement.
In many situations, same-sex couples who were married in a state that recognizes gay marriages, but who now live in a state that does not, may qualify for immigration benefits. However, each case is different and must be based on the fact specific circumstances of the marriage and case law.
Alan Barry & Associates, LLC welcomes same-sex couples to contact us for a free case evaluation and assistance taking advantage of the new Supreme Court ruling.
We are an immigration law firm located in Danbury, CT providing a full range of immigration services for clients in the surrounding areas of Hartford, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Stamford and New Haven.
We also serve clients from the nearby state of New York, Mt. Kisco, Brewster, Katona and White Plains. Our immigration practice is global in nature and we are licensed to practice immigration law anywhere in the US.
Contact us at (203) 797 - 9600 for a free consultation.