Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed that same-sex married partners can now become refugees. Because the Supreme Court recently ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, same-sex spouses of asylees can enter the United States. There are three steps to this process:
1. One partner must have been granted asylum in the United States
2. That partner has to petition the other partner, who lives abroad
3. Their marriage must be recognized in the country (or U.S. state) where they were married
In addition, same-sex partners can also be included in the asylum application if both of them are in the United States when one applies for this benefit.
To view Secretary Kerry's Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, please visit this link. For asylum advice from a Florida Bar board-certified immigration attorney, call the Weston office of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157.