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Case Name Adams v. Howerton PB-CO-0007
Docket / Court No. CV 79-1003-IH ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) District Director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description A same-sex couple, one American citizen and one Australian citizen, who were married in Boulder, Colorado, and sought immigration benefits as a married couple
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 1979
Case Closing Year 1982
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  United States Government says L.A. Gay Couple’s 1975 Marriage is Valid
The Pride L.A.
Date: Jun. 7, 2016
By: Troy Masters
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Limited Partnership
Date: 2014
By: Thomas G. Miller
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

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General Documents
Marriage License/Certificate
PB-CO-0007-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/21/1975
Decision [Denial of visa petition]
PB-CO-0007-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 11/24/1975
Order and Opinion (486 F.Supp. 1119) (C.D. Cal.)
PB-CO-0007-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/25/1980
Source: Westlaw
Order and Opinion (673 F.2d 1036)
PB-CO-0007-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/25/1982
Source: Westlaw
Letter of Apology [from USCIS Director]
PB-CO-0007-0005.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 08/27/2014
Board of Immigration Appeals Ruling [Reopening Alien Relative Immigrant Visa Petition]
PB-CO-0007-0006.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 12/01/2015
USCIS Approval of Alien Relative Immigrant Visa Petition
PB-CO-0007-0007.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 01/05/2016
USCIS Approval of Anthony Sullivan’s Green Card Application
PB-CO-0007-0008.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/21/2016
Anthony Sullivan's Green Card
PB-CO-0007-0009.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/21/2016
DOMA Project Timeline of Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan
PB-CO-0007-0010.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 05/01/2016
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