Following the US Supreme Court’s decision which struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, gay Filipinos with American partners can now apply for a fiancé visa to marry in the US. >>>
Transgender Americans can now petition for family-based visas on behalf of their Filipino spouses, fiancés and children as the United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple on December 2.
(Washington, D.C., June 26, 2013) – The US Supreme Court’s rulings on June 26, 2013, in two cases – United States v. Windsor and Hollinghurst v. Perry – have invalidated two of the most egregious anti-LGBT initiatives in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. >>>
Last December, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on two same sex marriage cases. Those cases include Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California’s controversial Proposition 8 measure, and a case out of New York, U.S. v Windsor, which considers the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). >>>
(CNN) -- Edith Windsor, who filed the original case that could upend the Defense of Marriage Act, says just getting the case to this point is a kind of victory.
"We've made a huge step forward and a huge difference in how people look at us," she said. "And so, it'll happen. Another year if not now."
It was the death of Windsor's life partner, Thea Clara Spyer, that led to the case. >>>