On November 6, marriage equality became reality in Maine. Same sex couples can now legally marry in Maine. At the same time, there are several challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) pending this term before the U.S. Supreme Court. DOMA prohibits U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) from recognizing same sex marriage for immigration purposes. However, if DOMA is struck down, gay and lesbian Americans who are married to foreign nationals would be able to help their spouses obtain permanent residence. We will be posting updates on this issue. In the meantime, please contact us if you have questions.