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USA: DOMA Often Forces Deportation of Same Sex Spouses

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

USA: DOMA Often Forces Deportation of Same Sex SpousesKelly Costello and Fabiola Morales had a storybook wedding in the summer of 2011, with 12 bridesmaids and matching white gowns. Their fathers gave them away at a Unitarian ceremony in the District, and both extended families were on hand for dancing and champagne afterwards.

But because of a law that denies federal rights and benefits to gay spouses, the Potomac couple could soon be forced to live 4,000 miles apart. Morales, a registered nurse with two U.S. academic degrees, is a native of Peru. If she were a man, Costello could automatically sponsor her for a green card. But because they are both women, Morales could become deportable as soon as her student visa expires next year.

“We love each other. We want to share our lives and raise a family and be happy like everyone else,” said Morales, 39, who came to the United States six years ago and has since been hopping between work and student visas. “Our families are very supportive. We are good people and we have worked hard to make a contribution. We deserve equality.”

Authored By Pamela Constable – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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Ohio, USA: Toledo Passes Ordinance to Give Benefits to Gay/Lesbian Partners

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Ohio, USA: Toledo Passes Ordinance to Give Benefits to Gay/Lesbian PartnersThe city of Toledo, Ohio has approved an ordinance which extends benefits to the partners of gay city workers.

The legislation, approved June 19, extends benefits to the partners of city employees – gay or straight – who have registered with Toledo’s domestic partner registry, which started in 2007.

In introducing the measure, Mayor Mike Bell, who previously has not expressed support for gay marriage, said such benefits would help make the city competitive.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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USA: Democratic Representative Proposes Bill to Provide Benefits to Gay/Lesbian Military Spouses

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the top-ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced a new bill that would recognize benefits for the spouses of military servicemembers and veterans. According to the bill, any marriage recognized by a state would have to be recognized by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments:

Notwithstanding section 7 of title 1, an individual shall be considered a ‘spouse’ if the marriage of the individual is valid in the State in which the marriage was entered into or, in the case of a marriage entered into outside any State, if the marriage is valid in the place in which the marriage was entered into and the marriage could have been entered into in a State.

In this paragraph, the term ‘State’ means the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories and possessions.

Full Story from Think Progress

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Ireland Schools to Treat Civil Partners as Spouses

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A circular has been sent to all Irish schools and universities saying that civil partners should get equal treatment as employees.

The Irish Department of Education and Skills formally notified schools, school management bodies, vocational education committees, universities and any other bodies under its aegis, of changes for employees as the result of the passage of the Civil Partnership Act.

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