NewsFlash! Supreme Court Decision on DOMA Issued

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a major provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that, until now, had denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Although the ruling does not specifically address how this change in the law will impact the issuance of immigration benefits to same sex couples, it is expected that a number of substantive changes (e.g., ability to file family-based petitions for spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents) are imminent.

MurthyDotCom will provide additional details on how the DOMA decision will impact the issuance of immigration benefits as more information becomes available. In the meantime, Immigration Based on Same-Sex Marriages: Rapid Changes and Widespread Confusion provides a more detailed review of how DOMA (until now) has impacted immigration law.

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