Can a foreigner obtain legal residency in the United States by virtue of same-sex marriage to an American citizen?

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Yes. Effective June 26, 2013, the US federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, including for the purposes of immigration. An American citizen may sponsor a foreign same-sex spouse for permanent residency ("green card"), leading eventually to citizenship.
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