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Same-Sex Couples Seek Equal Immigration Rights, with Powerful Support

Published: Feb 22, 2013 2:00 pm By: Carolyn Weaver

"Most Americans married to citizens of other countries have the right to seek legal immigration status for their spouses. But same-sex couples like Morgan and Verdugo, although they now may legally wed in nine states, have no such right, because of a 1996 federal law - the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

In another part of New York, Venezuelan-born Pablo Garcia and Santiago Ortiz, an American, face the same issue. They have lived together for 21 years and were married in 2011. Garcia has not been back to Venezuela in that time, even when his father died, for fear of not being readmitted to the U.S. He doesn’t even like to go out in New York."

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