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Gay and Immigrant Rights Groups Join Forces on Marriage Issue

Jeff Nelder

With the current restrictions on visas for same sex spouses, DOMA is also an immigration issue.

Under DOMA, a same-sex marriage cannot be a valid basis for federal benefits, including immigration documents. For an American who marries an immigrant of the opposite sex, obtaining a green card for the spouse is generally a routine and relatively fast procedure. But under DOMA, Americans cannot obtain green cards, based on their marriage, for foreign spouses of the same sex.

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