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USCIS Approves 2010 Green Card Petition for Pioneering Gay Couple Who Stopped the First DOMA Deportation

USCIS Approves 2010 Green Card Petition for Pioneering Gay Couple Who Stopped the First DOMA Deportation

September 24th, 2013

In the summer of 2010, Josh and Henry married in Connecticut, eight years after Henry first arrived in this country with his mother and sister from Venezuela. A failed employment-based[...]

23 Years Together, Raising Four Children, Mark and Frédéric Rejoice at Their Approved Green Card Case

23 Years Together, Raising Four Children, Mark and Frédéric Rejoice at Their Approved Green Card Case

August 27th, 2013

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Mark Himes and Frédéric Deloizy, stepped up to the front lines of the fight against DOMA early on in 2011 by filing a marriage-based green card petition[...]

Green Card Granted: Victory over DOMA for Becky and Sanne in North Carolina

Green Card Granted: Victory over DOMA for Becky and Sanne in North Carolina

August 5th, 2013

Late Sunday night, DOMA Project co-founder, immigration attorney Lavi Soloway, boarded a red eye flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte, North Carolina, to witness the equal protection guarantee of the[...]

Rick & Gonzalo: Same-Day Green Card Approval for Married Gay Couple in San Francisco, Just Hours After Interview

Rick & Gonzalo: Same-Day Green Card Approval for Married Gay Couple in San Francisco, Just Hours After Interview

August 1st, 2013

In 2012, after years of fighting DOMA as a binational couple from Argentina and San Francisco, Gonzalo proposed to Rick with two dozen beautiful red roses, along with chocolate, a[...]

USCIS Finalizes Formal Procedures for Reopening, Processing, and Approving Green Card and Fiance(e) Visa Petitions Previously Denied Due to DOMA

USCIS Finalizes Formal Procedures for Reopening, Processing, and Approving Green Card and Fiance(e) Visa Petitions Previously Denied Due to DOMA

July 27th, 2013

Just a month after DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court, The DOMA Project advocacy yielded USCIS procedures for reversal of denied green card and fiancé(e) visa petitions. USCIS formally[...]

Claus and Tom: The DOMA Project Participants Celebrate Hard-won Equality

Claus and Tom: The DOMA Project Participants Celebrate Hard-won Equality

July 25th, 2013

In what has become a joyous post-DOMA reality, USPS delivered a green card to yet another happy same-sex binational couple: Claus Andersbo and Tom Bercu of Los Angeles. Claus -[...]

Family Celebrates! San Jose Lesbian Couple Receives Green Card, UK Spouse Can Finally Visit Her Children Abroad

Family Celebrates! San Jose Lesbian Couple Receives Green Card, UK Spouse Can Finally Visit Her Children Abroad

July 24th, 2013

On July 15, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a green card to U.K. citizen, Karin Bogliolo, 72, based on her marriage to U.S. citizen Judy Rickard,[...]

Gay Couple Receives Green Card: DOMA‬ Project Participants Shaun & John Celebrate and Keep Up The Fight for Equality

Gay Couple Receives Green Card: DOMA‬ Project Participants Shaun & John Celebrate and Keep Up The Fight for Equality

July 21st, 2013

This week, Shaun Stent had received his green card in the mail: final physical proof of John and Shaun's victory in 13-year fight against DOMA to be able to live[...]

Victory for Steve and Ricardo (with Son Andrew) in Seattle: Denied Green Card Case Now Reopened

Victory for Steve and Ricardo (with Son Andrew) in Seattle: Denied Green Card Case Now Reopened

July 21st, 2013

In immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling in United States v Windsor in which Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down as unconstitutional, the Obama[...]

GREEN CARD GRANTED: Tom Bercu and Claus Andersbo of Los Angeles

GREEN CARD GRANTED: Tom Bercu and Claus Andersbo of Los Angeles

July 21st, 2013

Tom Bercu and Claus Andersbo of Los Angeles become the fourth same-sex couple in the nation to receive a marriage-based green card after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense[...]

GREEN CARD: Post-‎DOMA‬ Reality for ‪LGBT‬ Family in Boulder, ‎Colorado,‬ Hits Home When the Mail is Delivered

GREEN CARD: Post-‎DOMA‬ Reality for ‪LGBT‬ Family in Boulder, ‎Colorado,‬ Hits Home When the Mail is Delivered

July 21st, 2013

On July 15, 2013, Cathy Davis received her issued green card in the mail. Cathy and Catriona are the first same-sex couple in the U.S. to receive a marriage-based green[...]

Lesbian Couple in San Jose, CA Receives The Third Marriage-Based Green Card After Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Lesbian Couple in San Jose, CA Receives The Third Marriage-Based Green Card After Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

July 15th, 2013

USCIS Issues Green Card to U.K. Spouse of Award-Winning Activist and U.S. Citizen On July 15, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a green card to U.K. citizen,[...]

Gay Couple in LA Receives a Marriage-Based Green Card Just Two Weeks After Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Gay Couple in LA Receives a Marriage-Based Green Card Just Two Weeks After Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

July 14th, 2013

USCIS Issues Green Card to British Spouse of Gay U.S. Citizen, Ending Their 13-Year Struggle to be Together On July 11, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a[...]

COMING HOME! First Green Card Petition Approved for Gay Couple in DOMA Exile

COMING HOME! First Green Card Petition Approved for Gay Couple in DOMA Exile

July 10th, 2013

Another first in the post-DOMA reality for binational couples: married, gay couple exiled in Canada becomes first to receive approval of green card petition that had been previously denied because[...]

PRESS RELEASE: Same-Sex Couple Raising Three Children in Colorado Becomes the First in the U.S. to Receive a Marriage-Based Green Card After Immigration Interview in January

PRESS RELEASE: Same-Sex Couple Raising Three Children in Colorado Becomes the First in the U.S. to Receive a Marriage-Based Green Card After Immigration Interview in January

July 5th, 2013

USCIS Issues a Green Card to the Irish Spouse of a Lesbian U.S. Citizen On July 3, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a green card for Cathy Davis[...]

VICTORY! Green Card Granted to Married Lesbian Couple in Colorado, Cathy Davis is the First Same-Sex Spouse to Become Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States

VICTORY! Green Card Granted to Married Lesbian Couple in Colorado, Cathy Davis is the First Same-Sex Spouse to Become Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States

July 4th, 2013

Cathy & Catriona: lesbian moms raising three children in Colorado became the first same-sex couple in the U.S. to receive a marriage-based green card after their immigration interview in January[...]

Gay Couple in Florida Receives Approval of Marriage-Based Green Card Petition Just Two Days After Historic Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down DOMA

Gay Couple in Florida Receives Approval of Marriage-Based Green Card Petition Just Two Days After Historic Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down DOMA

June 30th, 2013

The DOMA Project Couple Receives First-Ever Approval of Green Card Petition, Recognizing their Marriage Just two days after the historic Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act[...]

VICTORY! Gay Couple in Florida Received Approval of their Marriage-Based Green Card Petition

VICTORY! Gay Couple in Florida Received Approval of their Marriage-Based Green Card Petition

June 29th, 2013

First Time in U.S. History: Approval of a Green Card Petition For a Married Same-Sex Couple For the first time in the U.S. history, a marriage-based green card petition filed by[...]

NYC Immigration Judge Stops Deportation Proceedings Within Minutes of Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

NYC Immigration Judge Stops Deportation Proceedings Within Minutes of Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

June 27th, 2013

Post-DOMA universe had its first impact on a binational couple within minutes of DOMA being struck down by the Supreme Court. Within thirty minutes of the Supreme Court ruling, New[...]

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN ANTI-GAY “DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT” IN HISTORIC RULING

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN ANTI-GAY “DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT” IN HISTORIC RULING

June 27th, 2013

MARRIAGES OF SAME-SEX COUPLES NOW RECOGNIZED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY Gay American Citizens Can Now Sponsor Foreign-Born Spouses for Green Cards, Ending Immigration Nightmare In a groundbreaking and historic ruling,[...]

Lavi Soloway Responds to the SCOTUS Ruling on DOMA

Lavi Soloway Responds to the SCOTUS Ruling on DOMA

June 26th, 2013

Live Streamed Response to the Supreme Court Decision Defense of Marriage Act Found Unconstitutional DOMA Project co-founder, attorney Lavi Soloway, answers questions as they come in.  The information provided is not intended[...]

(VIDEO) Married Gay Couple Scheduled For Green Card Interview in New York, One Day Before Supreme Court Rules on DOMA

(VIDEO) Married Gay Couple Scheduled For Green Card Interview in New York, One Day Before Supreme Court Rules on DOMA

June 25th, 2013

In 1996, Andres received the highest rank that a Mormon missionary could achieve because he was an expert on promoting the Proclamation of the Family, which defines marriage as a[...]

Mother's Day Present for North Carolina Lesbian Couple: BIA Rejects USCIS

Mother's Day Present for North Carolina Lesbian Couple: BIA Rejects USCIS "DOMA Denial" of Green Card Petition

May 14th, 2013

Just before Mother's Day this North Carolina family learned that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) rejected the denial of the marriage-based green card petition they had filed last year.[...]

May 7, 1996: The Day DOMA Was Born

May 7, 1996: The Day DOMA Was Born

May 7th, 2013

17 Years Ago Today DOMA Was Introduced In Congress. Since it was signed into law by President Clinton it has caused immeasurable harm to lesbian and gay Americans and our families.[...]

VICTORY! Immigration Judge Delays

VICTORY! Immigration Judge Delays "DOMA Deportation" for Gay Couple for a Third Time, Giving USCIS Another Chance to Approve Their Green Card Petition

May 2nd, 2013

DOMA Project participants, Brian and Alfonso, were due in San Francisco Immigration Court today to face the Immigration Judge, again. Back in March 2012, at their first hearing, Alfonso faced[...]

VICTORY! Long Nightmare Ends for Married Lesbian Couple in Denver, ICE Stops DOMA Deportation

VICTORY! Long Nightmare Ends for Married Lesbian Couple in Denver, ICE Stops DOMA Deportation

December 3rd, 2012

November was a month of celebrations for Violeta and Sujey Pando, a married lesbian couple living in Denver who have been inseparable since their first date. The month began with[...]

VICTORY! DHS Issues Written Guidance to Stop Deportations of the Spouses and Partners of Gay and Lesbian Americans

VICTORY! DHS Issues Written Guidance to Stop Deportations of the Spouses and Partners of Gay and Lesbian Americans

October 9th, 2012

We learned today that on October 5, the Principal Legal Advisor to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency issued long-awaited written guidelines (attached below) clarifying that prosecutorial discretion guidelines[...]

VICTORY! Obama Administration Recognizes Marriages of Gay and Lesbian Binational Couples, Expanding Deportation Policy to LGBT Families

VICTORY! Obama Administration Recognizes Marriages of Gay and Lesbian Binational Couples, Expanding Deportation Policy to LGBT Families

August 3rd, 2012

After a two-year campaign urging the Obama administration to stop the deportations of spouses of gay and lesbian Americans, we welcome the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)[...]

Victory! Board of Immigration Appeals Refuses to Affirm Denials of Green Card Petitions Filed by Four Gay Couples, Remands for Determination on Eligibility of Marriages

Victory! Board of Immigration Appeals Refuses to Affirm Denials of Green Card Petitions Filed by Four Gay Couples, Remands for Determination on Eligibility of Marriages

June 19th, 2012

The DOMA Project has won an important, unprecedented victory in the fight for green cards for married gay and lesbian binational couples. In four separate rulings, the Board of Immigration[...]

Victory! Boston Immigration Judge Grants Reprieve To Dwayne and Bolivar, Postpones Deportation Proceedings

Victory! Boston Immigration Judge Grants Reprieve To Dwayne and Bolivar, Postpones Deportation Proceedings

May 17th, 2012

Today, a Boston Immigration Judge postponed further deportation proceedings for Dwayne and Bolivar, a married, gay binational couple who have lived together in rural Maine for almost ten years.  Overruling[...]

Brian & Anton Attend Green Card Interview in Philadelphia Today, Exactly One Year After Stopping a Valentine's Day Deportation to Indonesia

Brian & Anton Attend Green Card Interview in Philadelphia Today, Exactly One Year After Stopping a Valentine's Day Deportation to Indonesia

February 13th, 2012

It is truly amazing what can happen in one year. One year ago my Anton and I were fighting for a chance just to remain together in this country. We[...]

Victory for Monica & Cristina! Government Closes Deportation Case Against Married Lesbian Couple in New York

Victory for Monica & Cristina! Government Closes Deportation Case Against Married Lesbian Couple in New York

December 6th, 2011

Immigration & Customs Enforcement Closes Deportation Case Against Argentinean Lesbian, Monica Alcota, Based on Ties to Community Including Marriage to her Spouse, Cristina Ojeda First Case of a Married Gay Couple[...]

Victory for Doug and Alex! Government Drops Deportation Proceedings Against Married Gay California Couple

Victory for Doug and Alex! Government Drops Deportation Proceedings Against Married Gay California Couple

August 20th, 2011

San Francisco Immigration Judge Grants Government Motion to Close Deportation Case Against Alex Benshimol We learned today that deportation proceedings that threatened to tear apart Alex Benshimol and Douglas Gentry, a[...]

Victory for Sujey and Violeta Pando! Judge Halts Deportation, Sets January Date to Consider Application Based on Their Marriage

Victory for Sujey and Violeta Pando! Judge Halts Deportation, Sets January Date to Consider Application Based on Their Marriage

August 19th, 2011

Lavi Soloway: "Today Denver Immigration Judge Mimi Tsankov halted the deportation of Sujey Pando and scheduled a new hearing to consider an application based on her marriage to her U.S.[...]

Raúl gets his Wings: U.S. Embassy Grants Tourist Visa to Travel with Brad from Ecuador to the US in August

Raúl gets his Wings: U.S. Embassy Grants Tourist Visa to Travel with Brad from Ecuador to the US in August

August 2nd, 2011

Raúl and BradA happy update from Brad, from Cuenca, Ecuador.   For many gay Americans with a partner abroad, obtaining a visitor's visa can be an elusive and frustrating process.[...]

Victory for Doug & Alex! San Francisco Immigration Judge Postpones Deportation Hearing for More Than Two Years

Victory for Doug & Alex! San Francisco Immigration Judge Postpones Deportation Hearing for More Than Two Years

July 13th, 2011

Alex and Doug attend rally this morning on Montgomery Street across from San Francisco Immigration CourtFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2011Media contact: Justin Page/Lavi Soloway at [email protected] or 925-408-0662Immigration Judge[...]

Good News For Rodrigo & Edwin: Baltimore Immigration Judge Re-Opens Proceedings, Cancelling Order of Removal

Good News For Rodrigo & Edwin: Baltimore Immigration Judge Re-Opens Proceedings, Cancelling Order of Removal

July 5th, 2011

Earlier this year, in a cliff-hanger, Rodrigo Martinez was almost taken into custody and deported to El Salvador. Now, in the first case of its kind involving a married binational[...]

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HISTORIC VICTORY: Immigration & Customs Enforcement Closes Deportation Proceedings Against Henry Velandia

June 29th, 2011

Josh and Henry have led the fight to stop the deportations of spouses of lesbian and gay American citizens Read our press release here. Link to this article here. (Photo: Jonathan Ystad) [...]

Victory for Sveta & Andi in Chicago! Lesbian Couple Stops DOMA Deportation by Bravely Fighting For Their Marriage and Their Married Name, Alongside Asylum Claim

Victory for Sveta & Andi in Chicago! Lesbian Couple Stops DOMA Deportation by Bravely Fighting For Their Marriage and Their Married Name, Alongside Asylum Claim

June 21st, 2011

Readers of this site will recall this earlier post, "Sveta & Andi: Together for 11 Years, Married Lesbian Couple in Illinois Faces June Deportation Hearing." Sveta had been legally in[...]

Making History: Married, Gay Binational Couple Goes to Their Green Card Interview in San Francisco

Making History: Married, Gay Binational Couple Goes to Their Green Card Interview in San Francisco

June 15th, 2011

Jon Carr and Sergio Suhett after their green card interview Tuesday at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services building in downtown San Francisco Jon Anthony Carr and Sergio Suhett met in 1995[...]

San Francisco Chronicle: Jon and Sergio's Story

San Francisco Chronicle: Jon and Sergio's Story

June 15th, 2011

Sergio and Jon were the first binational couple to join Stop The Deportations. Jon filed a green card petition for Sergio in July 2010 and almost 11 months later they[...]

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Marriage News Watch Interview: Lavi Soloway on Josh & Henry's Win and Other Recent Developments

May 18th, 2011

From Matt Baume at Marriage News Watch: Everyone was stunned a few days ago when Attorney General Eric Holder intervened in gay couple's deportation case. The government was about to[...]

Josh & Henry on CNN:

Josh & Henry on CNN: "We came very close to having our marriage destroyed"

May 17th, 2011

From CNN.COM:Last year, Velandia, a dancer from Venezuela, and Vandiver, a Princeton graduate student, were legally married in Connecticut. But under federal law—the Defense of Marriage Act—immigration authorities don’t recognize[...]

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Victory for Josh & Henry: New York Times Coverage

May 8th, 2011

Fred R Conrad/The New York TimesJudge Gives Immigrant in Same-Sex Marriage a Reprieve From DeportationBy Julia Preston,  New York TimesAn immigration judge in Newark on Friday suspended the deportation of[...]

Victory for Josh & Henry: Judge Halts Deportation Proceedings, Citing Pending Marriage-Based Petition and Recent Decision by Attorney General

Victory for Josh & Henry: Judge Halts Deportation Proceedings, Citing Pending Marriage-Based Petition and Recent Decision by Attorney General

May 6th, 2011

On Friday, May 6, an immigration judge in Newark, NJ, issued a ruling on the deportation of Henry Velandia, a Venezuelan citizen legally married in 2010 to Josh Vandiver, an[...]

Josh & Henry Meet With Congressman Rush Holt, Gay City News Reports on Progress and Setbacks

Josh & Henry Meet With Congressman Rush Holt, Gay City News Reports on Progress and Setbacks

March 31st, 2011

Excerpt from "Progress--and Fits and Starts--on Immigration," Gay City News, March 31, 2011."In a dizzying — and not fully transparent — series of developments this past week, the prospects for[...]

QUEERTY: Possible DOMA Repeal Stops Deportation of Monica Alcota
NY Daily News: Gay Woman Won't Be Deported, Couple Can Pursue Their Marriage Based Case

NY Daily News: Gay Woman Won't Be Deported, Couple Can Pursue Their Marriage Based Case

March 23rd, 2011

Read full article here.Judge Terry Bain put a hold on her deportation order while the couple waits to see if the Defense of Marriage Act is overturned and their green[...]

Gay City News: Monica & Cristina Win in Court

Gay City News: Monica & Cristina Win in Court

March 22nd, 2011

The DOMA Project thanks Paul Schindler from Gay City News for coming to court with us this morning and reporting on this historic day. Full article here.“It is almost[...]

Immigration Judge Grants Reprieve, Allows Monica & Cristina To Pursue Marriage-Based Immigration Case

Immigration Judge Grants Reprieve, Allows Monica & Cristina To Pursue Marriage-Based Immigration Case

March 22nd, 2011

Monica and Cristina expressed relief and optimism after leaving courtThis morning, Monica Alcota and Cristina Ojeda, became the first married, same-sex, binational couple to successfully argue that deportation proceedings should[...]

 

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