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DOMA decision a win for LGBT immigration rights advocates

Published: Jun 26, 2013 12:00 pm By: Carrie Dann, NBC News

"Before today’s decision, an American was prohibited under DOMA from sponsoring a same-sex foreign national spouse for a green card. Practically, that meant that an American who married someone of the same sex from a different country was unable to bring their spouse to live legally in the United States as a heterosexual married person could.

But the court’s decision to strike down DOMA means those marriages must be recognized for immigration purposes, a relief for some backers of the comprehensive immigration reform bill -- which does not include language addressing immigration rights for same-sex couples despite heavy lobbying from LGBT groups."

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