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Lesbian Couple Sues Over Immigration Plight

Published: Jul 13, 2012 8:00 am By: AMY TAXIN Associated Press

"A lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit in California on Thursday seeking to solve their immigration woes and put a stop to the deportation of same-sex spouses.

The suit — which seeks class-action status — was filed on behalf of Philippines citizen Jane DeLeon, who was sponsored for a green card by her employer but can't get a waiver she needs to obtain residency here because the U.S. government doesn't recognize her three-year marriage to her American spouse.

The case is one of a number of challenges brought by same-sex couples — some of them facing immigration troubles — over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages."

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