First green card issued to Irish spouse of lesbian in Denver

We’d reported before the Supreme Court struck down DOMA that the first couple to receive a Green Card, should DOMA be struck down, might just be Catriona Dowling and Cathy Davis.

In fact, they were the first lesbian couple.


Here’s a release from Lavi Soloway at the DOMA Project, and below that a lovely video Lavi did with Catriona and Cathy before the DOMA ruling:

On July 3, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a
green card for Cathy Davis based on her marriage to Catriona Dowling, making
Cathy the first immigrant to become a permanent resident in the U.S. through
marriage to her same-sex spouse.

Catriona Dowling and Cathy Davis 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 were running out of options last year when the extension of Cathy’s work visa was denied. After filing
the 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 was scheduled for a “green
card” interview with USCIS in Denver on January 9, 2013. They were told by the
Immigration Officer, who thoroughly reviewed their documentation, that their case
could have been approved that day if they had been a man and a woman. However,
the interviewing officer put the case on hold at the request of the couple’s attorney,
DOMA Project co-founder, Lavi Soloway, rather than issuing a denial….


Just two days later, the first “stand alone” green-card petition was approved on
June 28, 2013, for another couple working with The DOMA Project: Julian Marsh
and Traian Popov in Florida. 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 are the first same-sex couple to have a marriage-based green
card issued by USCIS. Cathy Davis will forever be the first person to have shattered
this barrier.

Coincidentally, Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan, the first gay couple to wage
a fight against the Immigration Service were married in Boulder, Colorado, in
1975. They filed green card petition and assert that their legal marriage must be
recognized for purposes of the immigration law. Although they were unsuccessful
in their lawsuit against the Immigration Service, they are widely respected as
pioneers in the movement for marriage equality and immigration rights for lesbian
and gay binational couples. Adams and Sullivan, who lived in Los Angeles, were
together as a couple for more than 40 years until the death of Richard Adams in
December. They blazed a trail for Cathy and Catriona and inspired thousands of
others who have take up the cause of equality for LGBT families.

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19 Responses to “First green card issued to Irish spouse of lesbian in Denver”

  1. colette says:

    Way to go Girls!!!
    Congratulations and what a beautiful family you are!!!

    I wish I could give you all “Gooziers” ;-)

  2. Sweetie says:

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  4. Parienve8137 says:

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    Cathy Davis received the first
    green card granted to any binational same-sex couple, not just first
    lesbian couple. Julian and Traian are on step 1 (‘standalone’ green card
    petition approved) of 2, but in the article about them, the Atlantic
    Wire (while paraphrasing NY Times) left out the ‘green card petition
    approval’ from the title. it’s easy to omit but a very important

  5. It’s the first green card granted to any same-sex couple, not just first lesbian couple. Julian and Traian are on step 1 (petition approved) of 2 (application), but in the article about them, the Atlantic Wire (while paraphrasing NY Times) left out the ‘green card petition approval’ from the title. it’s easy to omit but a very important distinction.

  6. Nicho, these are both historic firsts by The DOMA Project couples. Green card process consists of 2 steps: petition filed by the U.S. citizen spouse and application filed by the foreign national. Julian & Traian from Florida were the first same-sex couple in the U.S. to win an approval of a green card petition (1st step, but are still completing the 2nd). Cathy and Catriona completed both steps at once and Cathy Davis’ green card was granted on July 3. Therefore she is the first immigrant in same-sex binational relationship to win legal permanent resident status based on her marriage to Catriona Dowling.

  7. FLL says:

    I still hope someone primaries Chuck Schumer and he goes down in flames.

  8. JackFknTwist says:

    La brea iontach ata ann anois. Go n’eiri an bothar leis na daoine seo.
    Agus go n’eiri na Buachailli Bana go leir.

  9. BeccaM says:

    All I can say is thank goodness we didn’t have to depend on Congress to make this redress of a gross injustice a reality.

  10. karmanot says:


  11. karmanot says:

    “They’re coming for our precious bodily fluids !!” I’m Irish, I say ‘piss’ on em, bring it on!

  12. Nick says:

    Yes, but this was the first issued to a lesbian couple.

  13. pappyvet says:

    Na laetha geal m’óige
    Bhí siad lán de dhóchas
    An bealach mór a bhí romham
    Bhí sé i ndán domh go mbéinn, slán, slán.

    The bright days of my youth
    They were full of hope
    The great journey that
    was before me then
    Was what was destined to
    be, bye bye.

  14. cole3244 says:

    love is just another a four letter word, ah but what a beautiful word it is.

  15. pappyvet says:

    Irish ! Now its Irish ! People of my ancestry ! What will the wingnuts do ! Where will it end !!

    Holy Moly ! Irish gays and Mexican people ! SIMULTANEOUS !! Faux News will be seeing conspiracy ! They’re coming for our precious bodily fluids !!! AArrgghhh !

  16. nicho says:

    Actually, I believe a green card was issued last week to a gay man.

  17. Chico Gonzalez says:

    Sláinte. Google is your friend. :)

  18. Chico Gonzalez says:

    Sláinte. Google is your friend. ;)

  19. indigo says:

    Slante! (I hope I spelled that right.)

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