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DOMA Ruling Opens Doors for Immigration for Same-Sex Spouses

June 27, 2013 (1 min read)

"A Hollywood genius might have been hard-pressed to produce a more perfect ending to Melanie Servetas' story.  Servetas was marrying the love of her life Wednesday morning near a picturesque Rio de Janeiro beach.  At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Court was striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, the sole reason the couple was forced to start their life together thousands of miles away from America.  Joy turned to joy times a million.  Everything had changed.  Servetas could now come home and, yes, live happily ever after with her wife.  "This is the happiest day of our lives for so many reasons," she said by phone on the taxi ride home from her wedding. "The journey (to come home) is just beginning ... but at least we know we can make the journey now."" - Moni Basu, CNN, June 27, 2013.

"Working with our federal partners, including the Department of Justice, we will implement today's decision so that all married couples will be treated equally and fairly in the administration of our immigration laws." - DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, June 26, 2013.