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CLE: Marriage Equality in the Cultural Context: Same Sex Marriage in Indian Tribes and Immigration after DOMA

Date: March 18, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: N/A
Contact: John Medeiros, jmedeioros01@hamline.edu
Location: Law School, Room 100 (Moot Court Room)
Sponsor: HUSL Stonewall Alliance. HUSL Native American Law Student Association and HUSL Alumni Board
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Join us as we explore several issues faced by LGBT immigrants and Native Americans as they relate to same-sex marriage within the context of their cultures.


Same-Sex Marriage in Indian Tribes


This presentation will examine tribal laws regarding same-sex marriage, including laws specifically allowing same-sex marriage, laws prohibiting it, and laws that appear to be ambiguous.  This presentation will also discuss tribal domestic partnership laws, and, when possible, will discuss how such laws came to be passed.  The presentation explore the reasons why, while some tribes are at the forefront of same-sex marriage issues, overall, the issue seems to be somewhat less of a priority among tribes than for the country as a whole. 


Immigration After DOMA


This presentation will explore many immigration benefits of marriage and DOMA's impact on such benefits.  We will also discuss the Immigration Service's approach to recognizing marriage validity, and why this approach can be worrisome for married same-gendered couples seeking immigration benefits even in a post-DOMA world.  Specifically included in this presentation will be the argument that the current policy to allow immigration benefits for same-gendered spouses


Reception will follow program.


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