The state of Texas does not currently grant same-sex marriages, nor does it legally recognize same-sex marriages that have occurred in other states. However, the effects of the recent Supreme Court verdict regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have impacted residents throughout the state.

Representation In Domestic Partnerships And Civil Unions Following DOMA

At the Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi, P.C., we are committed to advocating on behalf of same-sex couples seeking the full extent of their rights under the new ruling. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriage. However, each state is left to decide how its laws apply to these couples. In Texas, the state does not recognize these unions. There are new protections for these couples, however in a wide range of areas, including adoption, immigration, taxes and other areas that involve the federal government. We will help you navigate these legal processes to fully enjoy your new rights and continue to claim additional rights, should the laws surrounding this issue continue to change and grow.

DOMA And Immigration

In the past, the common legal advice to same-sex couples was to not marry when immigration was a concern, fearing that the marriage would hurt the individual's chance at obtaining a visa. Because the federal government did not previously recognize these unions, the immigration process was slow or halted for same-sex couples.

Now that DOMA has been struck down, there are new protections for these couples. The federal government is recognizing same-sex marriage, and same-sex couples are free to marry and complete the immigration process as heterosexual spouses would.

If an individual is in an abusive relationship, he or she can seek the same protections as one in a heterosexual relationship, escaping the situation and self-petitioning under the benefits of DOMA.

This is a constantly changing area of the law, however, and it is critical that you work with an immigration attorney who is current with all developments, understanding how those might impact your particular situation. In Texas, it is particularly complex, complicated by the state's formal stance on same-sex marriage. Our lawyers, however, are skilled in both immigration and family and can provide the guidance you need to protect your interests and immigration status while continuing to work toward formalizing your commitment.

To learn more about your rights under DOMA and how we can help, please contact our Dallas firm by calling 214-504-1137 or toll free at 866-743-9501.