GLBT Immigration Equality

Doug Hauer, Member, will be a featured panelist at the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law conference and career fair on August 2-4, 2017 in San Francisco.  Mr. Hauer’s panel, “Immigration Laws and Crossing Borders: What Multinational Same-Sex Couples Need to Know about Migrating the Globe,” will discuss legal developments relating to the accessibility of immigration benefits for same-sex couples globally, with a particular focus on legal developments and related case law in the United States.

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The First Circuit, in a recent landmark decision, Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. In the immigration context, DOMA is a barrier to immigration equality for same-sex couples and their families. Specifically, because of DOMA, U.S. citizens have no legal ability to file a green card petition for a same-sex spouse. This is one of the most common immigration benefits sought by U.S. citizens. Same-sex couples are also excluded from all other immigration benefits that flow from a legal marriage. Continue Reading First Circuit Holds DOMA Unconstitutional