A Bulgarian graduate student and his American husband are the first gay couple in the nation to have their green card petition approved after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, their lawyer says.
But Traian Popov, here on a student visa, won’t be able to work or visit family back home for at least six months while his green card is processed. His marriage to Julian Marsh, performed in New York, still won’t be recognized in Florida, where they live.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security couldn’t immediately confirm Monday whether this case was the first. But the couple’s lawyer, Lavi Soloway of The DOMA Project, says his organization has filed about 100 petitions for same-sex couples since 2010 and expects more approvals in the next few days.
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