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02/19/2013 10:01 am ET Updated Feb 19, 2013

Green Cards For Gay Couples: Same Sex Immigrant Spouses And Partners Force To Leave U.S.

FILE - The July 16, 2011 file photo shows two homosexual men holding hands during Christopher Street Day in Weimar, eastern G
FILE - The July 16, 2011 file photo shows two homosexual men holding hands during Christopher Street Day in Weimar, eastern Germany. Germany’s highest court ruled Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 that strengthens gay couples’ adoption rights.Germany has allowed same-sex couples to register civil partnerships that legally fall short of formal marriage since 2001. Until now, it allowed people to adopt a same-sex partner’s biological child _ but not that partner’s adopted child or stepchild. (AP Photo/dpa, Michael Reichel)

Not long ago, Brandon Perlberg had a growing law practice and a Manhattan apartment he shared with his partner, who is British. They hosted themed dinner parties and wine tastings for a wide circle of friends.

But Mr. Perlberg, an American who is gay, now lives in London. Early last year he reluctantly left his law firm, rented out his apartment and said goodbye to friends. After nearly seven years in the United States on legal but temporary visas, his partner had not been able to obtain a visa as a permanent resident. The two were facing the possibility of permanent separation.

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