Congratulations! Apply using for I-130 and an I-485 packet. Talk with your local USCIS office.
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Assuming that the marriage is legal, then the marriage petition for same-sex couples would be able to be filed. There are still procedural matters USCIS are putting into effect.
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Yes you will be able to apply for your future spouse when you get married. Please get a lawyer to assist you with this process. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact this office. Good luck!
In your question, you said "partner" not spouse. The first thing to do is go get married in a state where it is legal for same-sex couples to get married. Then you need to file the immigration forms. there are step by step instruction of what forms and what to file here: http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide2
If you become overwhelmed, hire an attorney to do the paperwork for you.