Question: If I marry In Massachusetts, can my partner from another country immigrate?
I am wondering, because I'm a bit confused, if Massachusetts has legalized Gay Marriages, does that mean that if my partner lived there and I am from another country and we got married there then would I be legally allowed to stay?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Because of the Federal Defense of Marriage law
, no federal marriage benefits are available to gay and lesbian couples married in Massachusetts or any other US state that allows gay marriage. Same-sex couples married in the US are eligible for all the state marriage benefits, but none of the federal ones. Unfortunately, immigration is a federal benefit.