Ruling a boon for gay couples with foreign spouse

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 12:03 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Supreme Court decision to give married gay couples equal standing with other married Americans is poised to radically change the lives of binational same-sex couples.

Previously, married gay and lesbian couples were unable to obtain green cards or other immigration benefits awarded to heterosexuals. In some cases, couples moved abroad to stay together, faced the prospect of deportation or hopped from visa to visa to remain in the country legally.

American citizen Catriona (Kat-REE-na) Dowling says she and her Irish spouse Cathy Davis can enroll their three kids in soccer this fall, knowing they'll be staying in their Boulder, Colo. home.

Experts say about 32,000 same sex couples have one partner who is a U.S. citizen and another from a foreign country. It isn't clear how many are married.

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