Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the same-sex couples have the Constitutional right to marry in all 50 states. This is a victory not just for U.S. citizens, but also immigrant same-sex couples who wish to marry and immigrate to the U.S. They can now do so without the added burden of searching for states that allow the marriage to be legal.
While the U.S. Supreme Court held the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in 2013 allowing U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents the ability to petition for their immigrant spouses, this was not always easy for undocumented immigrants to travel to states that allowed the marriage to take place. This ruling allows for same-sex immigrant couples to be married without additional burdens and obstacles. This is particularly the case for undocumented individuals in Puerto Rico, where same-sex marriages were once not legal (pre-Supreme Court ruling) and who would have to risk traveling to the U.S. and states where same-sex marriage was legal.
To all same-sex couples nationwide, we enthusiastically congratulate you on this historic moment!