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DOMA’s repeal beyond our borders: LGBT center to explore its affect on binational couples

The exterior of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Pkwy, is pictured Monday, April 1, 2013. There will be a grand opening for the center on Saturday, April 6, form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act has affected the lives of thousands of Americans, including those in binational relationships—but how exactly?

That’s what the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is exploring Thursday night when it presents a panel discussion “to better uncover the options available” to binational couples, who may have been separated due to immigration laws not recognizing their marriages.

The seminar will cover what DOMA does and does not do and will also include information on how to apply for permanent residency for a spouse, how to file for a fiancé and more. Panelists include immigration attorneys Alexandra Monaco and Joel Wolff, and the discussion will be moderated by Peter Ashman, president of the Nevada chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

The DOMA crash course is free and open to the public, and the Center encourages all members of binational LGBTQ couples and those interested in the issue to attend.

July 18, 7-9 p.m., free. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Pkwy., 733-9800,

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