A lesbian couple from Colorado on Wednesday became the first gay couple to receive a green card based on their marriage.

Cathy Davis, an Irish citizen, and Catriona Dowling met in 2006 while trekking in the Himalayas. They married in Iowa in 2012 and are raising three children in Boulder, Colorado. They applied to adjust Davis' status to permanent resident after an extension to her work visa was denied. The couple was interviewed by USCIS immigration services in January. At the request of their attorney, Lavi Soloway, a co-founder of the DOMA project, the interviewing officer put the case on hold rather than issuing a denial.

The approval comes exactly a week after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited federal agencies, such as USCIS, from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Dowling said that she began to cry when she was given the news.

“I immediately yelled out and began to cry, Cathy was more stunned with the news and quiet for that moment, which led the Supervisor to assume that I was the immigrant spouse,” she said. “She explained that production of the green card had been ordered and it would soon arrive by mail; she also explained that Cathy could apply for American citizenship in three years.”

The women grew up four miles apart in Ireland. Dowling became a U.S. citizen in 2002.

On Friday, a Florida couple's green card petition was approved, allowing them to remain together in the United States.

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