Runaway Ohio Convert Becomes U.S. Resident

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A teenage Christian convert who fled her Muslim parents' home last year in fear for her life has gained legal U.S. residency, according to her attorney Kort Gatterdam.

Rifqa Bary, now 18, obtained her green card last week and will be able to apply for American citizenship in 2015. Gatterdam said the Sri Lanka native can also get a Social Security number, apply to colleges, and apply for a driver's license.

Additionally, Bary, who is battling uterine cancer, will be able to get heath care coverage.
    
The teenager ran away from her parents July 2009, alleging they would harm her for leaving Islam for the Christian faith. Her father has denied the allegations.

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