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  • The Defense of Marriage Act is a federal U.S. law signed by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. The third section of the law defining marriage federally as a legal union between a man and a woman was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on June 26, 2013.
  • United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. _____ (2013) (Docket No. 12-307), the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the definition of "marriage" and "spouse" in the federal law should include same-sex couples.

Application of New Legislation

President Obama said that the decision of the Supreme Court immediately applied to all immigration procedures. That is, a citizen can immediately ask his/her same-sex partner.

USCIS and Department of State (Embassies) are accepting and processing requests of citizens and residents to their same-sex couples.

Petty & Associates, PLLC, is an international law firm specializing in U.S. immigration law with offices in Texas and Colombia. The firm helps the LGBT community navigate their way through the complex legal system.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss your situation, please contact our Texas firm today at 214-905-1420.

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