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Same-Sex Spouses Seek Equal Immigration Rightsi
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February 22, 2013 2:19 AM
Americans who marry citizens of other countries have the right to sponsor their spouse for legal immigrant status. That option is forbidden to same-sex couples, however, even those legally married in one of the U.S. states that permit it -- because a federal law defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports on the dilemma that bi-national same-sex couples face. They fear the law may force them to leave the U.S. or tear them apart.

Same-Sex Spouses Seek Equal Immigration Rights

Published February 21, 2013

Americans who marry citizens of other countries have the right to sponsor their spouse for legal immigrant status. That option is forbidden to same-sex couples, however, even those legally married in one of the U.S. states that permit it -- because a federal law defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports on the dilemma that bi-national same-sex couples face. They fear the law may force them to leave the U.S. or tear them apart.


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