On June 26, 2013 the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling, released its decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, holding that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy stated that DOMA is unconstitutional because it sets same-sex couples apart in a way that violates the due process and equal protection principles guaranteed under the Constitution.
DOMA, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, had prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages for the purposes of any visa. Because of DOMA, tens of thousands of citizens in same-sex marriages had not been able to apply for green cards for their partners. [Read more…]