Marriage Equality

Boston ruling could help case involving local same-sex couple (Brattleboro Reformer)

June 2, 2012

By Mike Faher DUMMERSTON — A federal appeals court’s landmark ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act could provide a legal boost for a local same-sex couple’s challenge against the same law. The Thursday ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston — which declared unconstitutional the federal law that defines marriage […]

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Vermont lesbian couple win stay of deportation (Burlington Free Pres)

May 23, 2012

By Dave Gram MONTPELIER — A married lesbian couple living in Vermont who were threatened with being separated by federal immigration authorities have been granted a reprieve. Japanese immigrant Takako Ueda and her American spouse, Frances Herbert, received word Tuesday that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services decided to defer action on deportation proceedings against Ueda, […]

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Dummerston couple gets good news from Immigration Services (Brattleboro Reformer)

May 22, 2012

DUMMERSTON – A Dummerston same-sex couple now has “certainty and stability” after a decision by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Vermont’s federal legislators announced today. The decision solidifies the legal status of Japanese-born Takako Ueda, who is married under Vermont law to Frances Herbert, an American citizen. They were married in April 2011, but […]

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The Early Word: Effect (New York Times The Caucus Blog)

May 10, 2012

By Ashley Southall It was the pressure of rapidly building speculation that led President Obama to announce publicly on Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage, but the political impact is a wild card, since Mr. Obama’s re-election prospects in November will still hinge on the economy’s performance, Jackie Calmes and Peter Baker write. Mr. Obama’s […]

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Senator John Kerry joins 16 other senators in urging delay of deportation rules on same-sex couples (Boston Globe)

By Bobby Caina Calvin WASHINGTON – A day after President Obama made a historic announcement in support of gay marriage, Senator John Kerry joined 16 colleagues Thursday in urging the White House to delay enforcement of restrictions on immigrants who risk deportation because of their same-sex marriages. In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric […]

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Congressional trio sends letter to support Dummerston couple (Brattleboro Reformer)

February 15, 2012

By Chris Garofalo DUMMERSTON — Vermont’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reconsider a December 2011 decision to deny a spousal green card for a Japanese woman legally married to her American wife. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernard Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch sent a letter to department […]

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