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February 13, 2008

Federal Court Ends County Official's Policy Of Denying Marriage Licenses Based On Immigration Status

Unfortunately this does not apply in Tennessee;


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SCRANTON, PA – A federal court in Pennsylvania yesterday approved a consent order ending a Luzerne County official's policy of denying marriage licenses based upon applicants’ immigration status. The order, issued in the case of Buck v. Stankovic, makes permanent a previous court ruling holding that the Luzerne County Register of Wills violated the constitutional rights of marriage license applicants by requiring that they show a green card or current visa in order to obtain a license.

The consent order follows a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and cooperating counsel Langer, Grogan and Diver, P.C., in April 2007 against Dorothy Stankovic, the Register of Wills for Luzerne County, on behalf of Pennsylvania native and U.S. citizen Heather Buck and Jose Arias-Maravilla, a citizen of Mexico.

“This is a wonderful Valentine’s victory,” said Mary Catherine Roper, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “In this country, a person has the fundamental right to marry the person she loves regardless of where her fiancé is from or what his immigration status is.”...".

URL: http://www.aclu.org/immigrants/gen/34080prs20080212.html

Posted by VisaLawyer at February 13, 2008 10:20 AM


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