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BIA on DOMA, the INA and same-sex marriage: Matter of Zeleniak

July 17, 2013 (1 min read)

Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, Pub. L. No. 104 199, 110 Stat. 2419, 2419 (1996), is no longer an impediment to the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages and spouses under the Immigration and Nationality Act if the marriage is valid under the laws of the State where it was celebrated. - Matter of Zeleniak, ID 3787, 26 I&N Dec. 158 (BIA 2013).  [Hats off to Bridget Cambria!]