Updated: February 13, 2009
There are currently 19 countries with gay immigration policies that allow sponsorship of same-sex partners. These countries include:
Many of these countries also allow same-sex marriage.
What about the United States?
The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 prohibits federal recognition of same-sex couples in the U.S. and therefore, gay binational couples are not recognized for immigration purposes.
In response to America's lag in gay immigration rights, the Uniting American Families Act was re-introduced to the House and Senate by Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on February 12, 2009. The bill seeks to broaden immigration laws by allowing U.S. citizens and legal residents to sponsor their same-sex partners for residence.