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Gay widower renews petition for green card on 39th wedding anniversary

| Monday, April 21, 2014
Anthony Sullivan
LOS ANGELES -- A 72-year-old Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades is renewing his pitch for a green card since the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage.

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U.S. Embassy in Manila issues its first visas to same-sex couples

| Friday, December 6, 2013
U.S. Embassy in Manila.
MANILA, Luzon -- The United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple.

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LGBT immigrants could face a hard road applying for marriage visas

SETH FREED WESSLER | ColorLines | Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Shortly after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred gay couples from the federal benefits attached to marriage, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made clear that her immigration agents would start accepting marriage-based visa applications from same-sex couples.

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Kerry announces ease in process for same-sex couples to obtain visas

| Friday, August 2, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
The U.S. State Department on Friday began processing visa applications from same-sex spouses in the same way that it handles those from heterosexual spouses.

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Napolitano: Homeland Security to process same-sex immigration benefits

| Monday, July 1, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will start reviewing applications for green cards and other immigration benefits for same-sex couples.

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Gay couple may be first to win immigration petition following DOMA ruling

| Monday, July 1, 2013
The DOMA ProjectTraian Popov (left) and Julian Marsh
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Bulgarian graduate student and his American husband are the first gay couple in the nation to have their green card petition approved after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, their lawyer says.

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Supreme Court ruling a boon for gay couples with foreign spouse

| Friday, June 28, 2013
Courtesy: Catriona Dowling, via APFrom left: Mardoche, Cathy Davis, Cian, Angelina, and Catriona Dowling in Boulder, Colo. After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Dowling was told her Irish spouse Cathy Davis would have been given a green card if she were a man.
After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card — if she were a man.

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U.S. Senate passes historic immigration reform bill

| Thursday, June 27, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed passed historic legislation offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows, including 267,000 LGBT immigrants.

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Rubio: ‘I’m done’ with immigration bill if gay couples are included

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- the most prominent Republican in the “Gang of Eight,” a group of senators who developed the bipartisan immigration reform bill -- said Thursday he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens.

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Leahy files amendment to immigration bill to extend rights to binational, gay couples

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday filed an amendment to a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would extend immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens.

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