Law Offices of Scott Warmuth expert immigration attorney Yesenia Acosta has been quoted in the forthcoming book Transnational Marriage Migration and Partner Migration: Constellations of Security, Citizenship, and Rights, by author Eithne Luibheid. Attorney Acosta was interviewed in 2017 about how gathering evidence for immigration interviews is more difficult for same-sex couples seeking legal immigration status on the basis of marriage. Attorney Acosta has long been an advocate of LGBTQ rights, and she is highly sought out by same-sex couples for assistance in their immigration cases.
Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 28 countries. It only became legal in the entirety of the United States in 2015 after the supreme court case Obergefell v. Hodges. Because of these limitations, same-sex couples seeking green cards in the United States may not be able to provide the same level of marriage evidence that straight couples have. Same-sex couples seeking immigration are often married for fewer years and may not have announced their marriage, or even their relationship, to family members.
Eithne Luibheid is a professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Arizona. The book Transnational Marriage Migration and Partner Migration: Constellations of Security, Citizenship, and Rights will be available from Rutgers University Press soon.