Is gay marriage allowed in the U.S. between a citizen and non-citizen?

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I am a US citizen and my girlfriend is from the Philippines. I got a job in Japan and I read that Japan will recognize gay marriages if they are performed in a country that recognizes them and even issue a dependent visa.

Since my gf is a non-citizen, would our marriage still be valid? I know there are no immigrations rights for same-sex marriages but will she at least be able to return to the US for vacation without fear of being barred at customs?

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  1. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Marriage in the US does not depend on immigration status. Same sex marriage, however, is not currently recognized by the US for immigration purposes.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Deborah Lynne Karapetian

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    Answered . So Japan is a great place for you to go. No - your marriage will not be recognized in the US. Return to the US? How? Visitor - student????

  3. F. J. Capriotti III

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . This is a repeat question.

    FORMER IMMIGRATION LAW PROFESSOR -- LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This answer is offered for informational purposes only. It... more

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