Just sayin'. We get a lot of these green-card marriages here in the DC area, and they would hardly be conceiveable without laws that make people assume - - often mistakenly - - that divorce will be easy and will automatically be granted when either spouse asks for it. These marriages cannot qualify for annulments unless one spouse can show that they were truly innocent, believed in the marriage, and were defrauded by the foreign suitor. Divorces in such marriages might be easy or might be ugly, hard and expensive: one never knows at the beginning, since it takes two to have an amicable divorce.
This will apply to all marriages that were legal where performed, even if not recognized by the state the couple lives in. Examples of situations where it would apply include retirement benefits, survivor compensation, spousal privilege against testifying in court proceedings, conjugal visits in prisons and hospitals, and bankruptcy. The Justice Department will give further details in a policy memorandum to be released Monday, Feb. 10.
By Sari Horwitz, Washington Post 2/8/14
A gay spouse has already been approved for a two-year conditional green card based on the partial overturn of DOMA , and another has had his deportation halted, Huffington Post reports.