Can gay Americans sponsor their partners for permanent residency?
The U.S. government currently denies gay Americans the right to sponsor their partners for permanent residency.
Due the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, the U.S. federal government only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman. Gay marriage, therefore, does not receive the full benefits of heterosexual couples, which include the right to petition spouses for Green Cards.
In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on the Defense of Marriage Act. If the Supreme Court rules against it, same-sex marriages could potentially be recognized in the lawful immigration process.
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