In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and Prop. 8, the United States Government has already started receiving applications for spousal visas by same-sex couples, where one of the partners is a non-US citizen.
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said that the Department will now allow U.S. citizens to petition for their same-sex couples just like other married couples.
“At long last, we can now tell our families that yes – they are eligible to apply for green cards,” said Rachel Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, a campaign group for equality in immigration law for almost twenty years. Immigration Equality estimates there could be 36,000 same-sex, bi-national couples that will be affected by the recent ruling.
One such couple are Caitríona and Cathy, both from Ireland, although only Caitríona is a U.S. citizen. They were recently interviewed by The DOMA Project, which worked to highlight the problems which gay and lesbian binational couples faced because of DOMA. While some of their words will now be outdated, thanks to yesterday’s vote on DOMA, listen to their story about trying to build a family between Dublin and Boulder, CO. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision, couples like Caitríona & Cathy will no longer experience the same issues they did regarding immigration into the U.S.