One year ago the United States Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in a 5-4 decision. Of those that have been married since, binational couples have gained the added benefit of making their spouse a legal resident of the U.S., just as straight couples have been able to do for ages. Before, many same-sex couples had to make an agonizing choice between love and country when a temporary visa for one of the partners expired.
CNN offers a follow-up with four binational couples to see how the ruling has impacted their lives a year later. The stories can be summed up by (pictured) interviewee Tonja Holder’s assertion, “It pretty much changed everything for us.”