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Irish lesbian makes history as first woman to receive green card after her same sex marriage


Catriona Dowling, holding her son Cian, 6, and Cathy Davis celebrate after learning that DOMA has been struck-down.


An Irish woman has made history as the first lesbian to receive a green card since DOMA, the Defence of Marriage Act, was struck down.

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, Cathy Davis, an emergency room nurse from Dublin,  has been issued with residency documents she is entitled to after her 2012 marriage to Catriona Dowling.

Dowling also from Dublin is a naturalized U.S. citizen. The couple met on a climbing trip in the Himalayas.

Davis is the first immigrant to become a permanent resident in the U.S. through marriage to her same-sex spouse according to the website americablog.com. The couple have three adopted children.

The blog says the couple joined The DOMA Project and filed a green card petition based on their marriage in June of 2012 to prevent their family from being torn apart and to demand equality under the law.

They hit a problem last year when an extension of Cathy’s work visa was denied.

The report says that after filing a green card petition and the application to adjust status to permanent residence, Cathy received an employment authorization card which allowed her to work and contribute financially to support her family.

The couple were scheduled for a green card interview with USCIS in Denver last January when they were told that their case could have been approved that day if they had been a man and a woman.

The interviewing officer however put the case on hold at the request of the couple’s attorney, DOMA Project co-founder, Lavi Soloway.

The first stand alone green-card petition was approved on June 28 for Julian Marsh and Traian Popov in Florida.

The blog outlines how the approval of a green card petition filed by a U.S. citizen is the first of a two-part process through which the spouse obtains status as a ‘lawful permanent resident’ and receives the actual green card.

Marsh and Popov will complete the second part and receive a green card later this year. Cathy and Catriona, who are raising a family together, are the first same-sex couple to have a marriage-based green card issued by USCIS.

via Irish lesbian makes history as first woman to receive green card after her same sex marriage | Irish News | IrishCentral.

Obama talks same-sex marriage, music on MTV –


President Obama spent a mostly serious half-hour talking to MTV on Friday, getting into more detail on some issues than he has in months, while also discussing music and his daughters.

Faced with questions that came at him from the left – on same-sex marriage, climate change and gun control – Obama hewed closely to his well-established positions but directed his answers to the network’s under-30 audience. There was no “boxers or briefs” or “I didn’t inhale” moments like the ones in then-Gov. Bill Clinton’s famous 1992 interview with MTV.

(PHOTOS: Politicians’ memorable MTV moments)

“I have been very clear about my belief that same sex couples have to be treated, before the eyes of the law, the same way as heterosexual couples,” Obama told host Sway Calloway, who interviewed the president live from the Blue Room and wore a knit cap with his suit. MTV has asked Mitt Romney to do a similar interview before Election Day, but the Romney campaign has not yet committed to one.

Explaining his evolution to come to support same-sex marriage, Obama said he “was supportive of civil unions” but that same-sex couples he knows “taught me that if you’re using different words, if you’re somehow singling them out, they don’t feel true equality.”

But that doesn’t mean that Obama will push for a federal definition of marriage. “Historically, marriages have been defined at the state level,” he said. “For us to try to legislate federally is probably the wrong way to go.”

He did, though, offer viewers a reminder that he that his administration has stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court, though he got the name of that late-1990s law wrong in two mentions during the interview. “I have stood up and said I’m opposed to the so-called Defense Against Marriage Act,” he said.

Asked for his take on current music that follows the politically active tradition of the work of Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Chuck D, Rage Against the Machine and others, Obama didn’t have a firm answer.

“We haven’t seen as much directly political music. I think the most vibrant musical art form now over the last 10 to 15 years has been hip-hop,” he said.

“There have been some folks that have kind of dabbled in political statements. But a lot of it has been more cultural than political,” he continued, before mentioning high-profile Obama supporter Bruce Springsteen. “You got folks like Springsteen who are still putting out very strong political statements. But I would like to see a more explicit discussion of the issues that are out there right now. Because music is such a powerful mechanism.”

He also commented on Marley, who he remembers listening to while in college, “not agreeing with his whole philosophy necessarily, but raising my awareness about how people outside of our country were thinking about the struggles for jobs and dignity and freedom.”

Obama then acknowledged he doesn’t know that much about current music because he’s busy. “I’ve been working a little hard so I haven’t updated my iPod,” he said.

Obama also weighed in on climate change, an issue that wasn’t mentioned in any of the three presidential debates. “I’m surprised it didn’t come up in the debates,” he said, especially since it’s an area where “we’re not moving as fast as we need to.”

Romney, he said, is better than many other Republicans on the issue since he at least believes that climate change is happening even though the Republican candidate “says he’s not sure that manmade causes are the reason.”

“I believe scientists who say that we’re putting too much carbon emissions into the atmosphere and it’s hurting the planet,” Obama said.

Answering a question on gun control that came from a woman in Chicago concerned about the violence among young people there, Obama said he favors an “all of the above approach,” including better enforcement of existing gun laws, strengthening background checks, and working with law enforcement and local groups to better combat the sources of violence.

“There is no doubt that looking at how we keep guns out of the hands of kids who are shooting each other is a critical component and we will work to find solutions to that particular problem,” he said. “But we are also have to broaden the conversation so that these kids don’t feel as if they’ve got no prospects in life and end up killing each other.”

Obama also spoke briefly about his daughters Malia and Sasha, now 14 and 11. Asked whether he’s most worried about Malia getting her driver’s license, going on a date or using Facebook, the president said he’s concerned about her using social media.

“I know the folks at Facebook, obviously they’ve revolutionized the social networks,” he said. But Malia because she’s well-known, I’m very keen on protecting her privacy. Make her own decisions obviously later when she gets older, but right now even just for security reasons, she doesn’t have a Facebook page.”

“Dates? That’s fine because she’s got Secret Service protection,” he continued. “The one thing I always tell my daughters — and hopefully I’m being a good example of this — is I want them to be with men who respect them, boys who respect them and value them and understand their worth. If the boys are kind to them, then they’ll be OK.”

“Driver’s license? That always worries a parent. But sooner or later they’ve gotta leave the nest. So we’ll have to figure out how she gets the lessons.”

(PHOTOS: Rock and pol)

Obama ended by encouraging viewers to cast their votes early or on Election Day.

“Don’t believe this idea that your vote doesn’t matter,” he said. Referring to Florida in 200, he continued, “537 votes changed the direction of history in a profound way. And the same thing could happen here.”

(PHOTOS: 10 lyrical shout-outs to Obama)

via Obama talks same-sex marriage, music on MTV – POLITICO.com.

via Obama talks same-sex marriage, music on MTV – POLITICO.com.

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