Uniting American Love

Prospects for reforming immigration law to allow foreign same-sex spouses to stay in the US on the same terms as those from different-sex couples are uncertain — irretrievably enmeshed in the broader, culturally explosive debate.

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Don’t Deport Henry: Repeal DOMA Now

On August 29, Henry Velandia and Josh Vandiver were married in Montville, Connecticut. But now because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, Henry-- who was born in Venezuela and moved to the U.S. in 2002-- may soon face deportation. Sign our petition calling on President Obama to stop tearing apart loving and committed couples like Henry and Josh by fulfilling his pledge to repeal DOMA

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David and Sam get married

Keith Berner reports on a wedding that recently took place in Washington D.C. - "the utter joy of the event was transcendent" - although the happy couple still faces heavy challenges due to the federal government not recognizing their marriage.

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Tasmania steps forward on marriage

Tasmania has passed state legislation which now recognizes overseas marriages and civil partnerships of same-sex couples.

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Spouses, but not on U.S. soil

A Spain/United States dual citizen who works at the United Nations headquarters in New York City tells his story: "Most Americans who marry foreigners can initiate a process to obtain a permanent residence status for their spouses. But because of the obscenely titled Defense of Marriage Act, which President Clinton signed into law in 1996, my spouse can't qualify for papers through me.

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Greens introduce freedom to marry bill in Australia

The Greens Party introduced a bill to legalize the freedom to marry in Australia's Parliament on 29 September.

The group Australian Marriage Equality is calling for a "conscience" vote on the bill, meaning individual MPs would be free to break from their party's official position.

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Menendez Immigration Bill Includes Gay Rights Provision

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill yesterday, including a provision to extend family-based immigration for same-sex couples.

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Immigration overhaul could leave gay couples out

Though five states and D.C. issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a large number of the 24,000 so-called binational couples in long-term relationships live in states that do not allow or recognize gay marriage, and federal immigration laws do not allow sponsorship of foreign-born spouses for same-sex couples as they do for heterosexual U.S. citizens.

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Shifting attitudes on gay rights extend around globe, experts say

"Often courts will make decisions that are predictors of what public opinion is going to be a few years from now," says Brian Powell, an Indiana University sociology professor.

"Public attitudes don't change really quickly, but this [the freedom to marry] is one that's changing really, really quickly," Powell said.

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Denver council backs federal law to allow gay and lesbians to seek legal residency for partners

The Denver City Council went on record Monday as supporting proposed federal legislation that would allow gay people to seek legal residency in the United States for their partners living in other countries.

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