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First Filipino-American lesbian couple to receive same-sex fiancé visa weds in the US

in PHILIPPINES, 06/01/2014

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.

Maria Cecilia Limson Gahuman, who is the first Filipino woman to receive a same-sex fiancé visa from the United States Embassy in Manila, married Carla Antonio – her American partner of 10 years – in a ceremony held at the Freedom Hall in Santa Clara, California last December 30.

On December 2, 2013, the United States Embassy in the Philippines announced on its website that the “first gay couple in the Philippines to receive a fiancé visa” is Noel “Aeinghel” Amaro and Robert Cotterman.

In an article published on March 2013 in a local LGBT magazine, the pair discussed their relationship with Amaro being a transgender woman.

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