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Napolitano: Homeland Security to process same-sex immigration benefits

Monday, July 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will start reviewing applications for green cards and other immigration benefits for same-sex couples.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Napolitano says her agency is taking the action in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling last week that extends federal benefits to same sex couples in states where they are legally married.

Before last week’s ruling, U.S. citizens married to a same-sex partner from another country could not qualify for immigration benefits for their spouses, including green cards.

Napolitano has directed immigration officials to begin immediately reviewing applications for green cards, visas and other immigration benefits filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse by a U.S. citizen.

At least one immigration petition for a same-sex couple in Florida has already been approved.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. It’s about time! Now if my plans to go to Canada with my husband don’t work out, I can bring him here.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:50pm
  2. If only we could get them to stop preventing free people of all sexual orientations from traveling.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:51pm
  3. http://artistone.bigcartel.com/ Believes in Equality!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:54pm
  4. GOOD!!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:56pm
  5. Awesome B|

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:56pm
  6. Imagine, my LGBT brothers and sisters, if President Romney were in office right now…In 2014 we need to remember which party, though not perfect, is our ally and not introducing Constitutional Amendments to enshrine discrimination into the US Constitution. Help put Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker’s Office in 2014!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:27pm
  7. Finally! I am so happy for everyone that gets to bring their spouses home!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:38pm
  8. FINALLY!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:27pm