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Anthony Sullivan

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

Monday, April 21, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Embassy in Manila.

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

Friday, December 6, 2013
MANILA, Luzon -- The United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]

LGBT immigrants could face a hard road applying for marriage visas

Sunday, September 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

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

Friday, August 2, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

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. [ Read more → ]
The DOMA ProjectTraian Popov (left) and Julian Marsh

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

Monday, July 1, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

Supreme Court ruling a boon for gay couples with foreign spouse

Friday, June 28, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate passes historic immigration reform bill

Thursday, June 27, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

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

Thursday, June 13, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APU.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Leahy disappointed immigration bill excludes gay, bi-national couples

Friday, May 24, 2013
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Sen. Patrick Leahy said Friday he was disappointed he was unsuccessful in his bid to amend immigration reform legislation to protect same-sex couples in which one of the partners is foreign-born. [ Read more → ]

Obama OK with punting on gays in immigration bill until it reaches Senate

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Two people familiar with the Senate immigration deliberations say the White House has suggested to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy that it would be best to put off a controversy over same-sex partners until a bill goes before the full Senate. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Edwards

No resolution yet on inclusion of LGBT partners in immigration bill

Monday, May 20, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is aiming this week to pass a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, setting up a high-stakes debate on the Senate floor. [ Read more → ]
Jason and David

Missing husband: Spending our 6th anniversary apart, separated by 6,000 miles and DOMA

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
On May 12, 2007, I sat in a restaurant in West Hollywood swearing off men forever after a string of bad relationships. That was until my future husband walked in. ... For two hours we ate, drank and laughed. In one meal, I had gone from having lost all interest in dating to hitting it off with a guy who I may as well have designed myself. [ Read more → ]
Lindsey GrahamAP

Graham threatens to pull support from immigration bill if gays are included

Monday, May 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that if the Senate Judiciary Committee attached an amendment to include provisions for same-sex bi-national couples in the pending immigration reform bill, he'll pull his support. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Schumer worries about resolving LGBT issues in immigration bill

Thursday, May 9, 2013
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday expressed concerns over whether or not the final draft of a comprehensive immigration reform bill would contain protections for foreign-born partners of gay Americans, but would not commit to voting for such an amendment. [ Read more → ]

GOP, Religious leaders: Gay rights plan threatens immigration bill

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Religious leaders said Wednesday that adding a gay rights proposal to immigration legislation could risk their support for the bill, setting up a potential Senate showdown. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Patrick Lehy

Leahy submits immigration amendment to allow gays to sponsor foreign-born partners

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday filed an amendment to a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would allow legally married gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born same-sex partners for green cards. [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama and Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla shake hands at the end of their joint press conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday, May 3, 2013.Photo: Moises Castillo, AP

Obama says he supports including gays in immigration bill

Friday, May 3, 2013
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- President Barack Obama says he supports recognizing gay unions in a broad immigration bill pending in Congress but won't say whether he would sign legislation that fails to do so. [ Read more → ]

GOP threatens immigration reform if LGBT advocates try to include same-sex partners

Thursday, May 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the U.S. Senate are warning that efforts to include an amendment that offers a path to legal residency for foreign-born partners of gay Americans would derail an immigration package currently being considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups pressure Senate to include gay couples in immigration reform

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Frustrated at being left out of an immigration overhaul, gay rights groups are pushing to adjust a bipartisan Senate bill to include gay couples. But Democrats are treading carefully, wary of adding another divisive issue that could lose Republican support and jeopardize the entire bill. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge rules lesbian immigrant can challenge DOMA

Sunday, April 21, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A lesbian couple facing immigration troubles has the standing to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act because it violates the constitutional rights of immigrants in same-sex marriages, a federal judge has ruled. [ Read more → ]

Immigration bill excludes provisions for same-sex binational couples

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Gay rights advocates have expressed disappointment after a bipartisan Senate group’s 844-page immigration bill omitted married gay and lesbian binational couples, leaving out the Uniting American Families Act. [ Read more → ]

Binational couples among those awaiting Supreme Court ruling on DOMA

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Jason Kirchick and Christian Pinillos of Stowe, Vt., are worried not only about their future working at a struggling ski lodge but also about their marriage. Now that the lodge has fallen on hard times, the men's jobs are in jeopardy and with his job, so is Pinillos' immigration status. [ Read more → ]

Gay detainee accuses immigration authorities of endangering his life

Friday, April 5, 2013
SAN DIEGO – A 26-year-old gay man is accusing two immigration guards in El Centro, Calif. of making anti-gay slurs at him, violently roughing him up while in custody, and putting in danger his health and his life. [ Read more → ]
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