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Continued: Gay marriage battles move to states

  • Article by: DAVID LAUTER TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU
  • Last update: June 27, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said her department planned to issue guidance soon. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also announced that the Pentagon would move quickly to extend benefits to same-sex couples.

Some programs, such as the immigration system, already use the standard that gay rights groups prefer. As a result, gay rights groups say they believe the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will now be able to award lawful permanent residency to same-sex spouses of American citizens regardless of what state the American partner lives in.

“This decision is literally life changing for more than 36,000 families in the U.S. and many more living in exile abroad,” said Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, a legal aid and advocacy organization based in New York that pushes for federal immigration benefits for married same-sex couples.

The Washington Post contributed to this report.

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