Even though Christina and Monica are legally married, because the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex spouses the couple could be torn apart because Cristina, who was born in America, can not sponsor her foreign born spouse Monica for citizenship under federal law.
Year after year, same-sex couples are torn apart even though they may fulfill all other criteria for sponsorship. Cristina and Monica tell their story below:
In what was described as “extraordinary” step, Attorney General Eric Holder last month vacated a Board of Immigration Appeals decision and asked the Board to reconsider a case dealing with a foreign-born man in a New Jersey civil union with his American born partner. You can read more on that here.
For more information and guidance for binational same-sex spouses, please click here.