Until Gay Marriage is Legal, Why Not?

The AG’s recent decision in Dornan shows the government’s interest in exploring how civil unions might allow a US citizen partner to petition for an immigrant partner.  It would seem to me that an interim solution to the problem facing gay couples from two different nations who wish to reside lawfully in the US would be to allow for a green card or other type of visa based on a civil union.  There are an estimated 36,000 same-sex binational couples in this misery of “no status.”  Bills such as the Uniting American Families Act have been introduced but no law has yet to pass.  It’s time for a temporary solution until we can get a permanent one.

Written by: Harlan York

Immigration Attorney Harlan York is Former Chair, Immigration Section, NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee. Mr. York appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. He was honored as First Ever Immigration Lawyer of The Year in NJ by Best Lawyers.

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