Can lesbian and gay married couples apply for a green card if one partner is a U. The short answer: yes! The U. Windsor means that same-sex marriages are treated the same as heterosexual marriages for immigration purposes under U. Gay and lesbian U. However, there are a few areas that are more likely to cause hiccups for same-sex couples than for heterosexual couples.
It's no secret that children need loving parents, but for decades, same-sex couples raising families have faced opposition from those who claim that growing up with two moms or two fathers might be bad for kids. It's unfortunate that this fight still needs to be fought, but research may be the key to helping everyone understand that having loving parents is more important for a child's development than who those parents love. Studies confirm kids raised in lesbian and gay families grow up to be just fine, and basically the same as people who were raise in heteronormative households. According to the researchers behind the longest-running study of same-sex couples raising kids, The National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study NLLFS , concluded that year-olds who grew up with two moms have "no significant differences in measures of mental health" compared peers raised by heterosexual parents. Nanette Gartrell. The scores psychological adjustment for the children were within the normal range for all three groups, with no major differences. The researchers note that the kids in same-sex homes actually reported fewer difficulties than those born to heterosexual couples.
In separate lines of research, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman have observed the strength and resilience of same-sex couples, even in the midst of the cultural and social stresses to which same-sex couples are uniquely vulnerable.
A lesbian couple attacked on a night bus for refusing to kiss have triggered an outpouring of support on social media. Melania Geymonat, 28, from Uruguay, was left with a suspected broken nose while girlfriend Chris, from the US, was also beaten up by the gang of men. The attackers made obscene gestures and shouted at them to kiss before assaulting both women and stealing their belongings.