You and your same sex spouse may be currently living in a state that does not recognize the validity of your marriage. USCIS evaluates the marriage of any U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident petitioner, based on the laws of the State or place where the marriage took place. As long as the State, territory or foreign country that performed the marriage recognizes the marriage, then it is valid for U.S. immigration law. An individual may live in a State that does not accept gay marriages as legal and still file for his or her noncitizen spouse. Immigration laws can be tricky to navigate; if you need assistance, call or email Your Immigration Angel for your free initial consultation.