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Man seeks green card after American husband dies

BY AMY TAXIN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES -- An Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades made a renewed pitch Monday for a green card after the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage.

Anthony Sullivan, 72, asked federal immigration authorities in Los Angeles to reopen a 1975 petition filed by his late husband Richard Adams so Sullivan can be awarded residency as the surviving spouse of a U.S. citizen, immigration attorney Lavi Soloway said.

The request came decades after the couple sued and lost an early effort to win immigration benefits for same-sex married couples, and less than a year after the Obama administration started issuing green cards to gay couples who marry. Adams died in 2012 in the couple's Hollywood home.

"It doesn't matter how much time has passed and it doesn't matter how long it took to figure it out," Soloway said. "He and Richard sustained a constitutional injury for 40 years, and that should be corrected."

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