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Leahy wants immigration benefits for same-sex couples

Will intorduce Uniting American Families Act on Wednesday
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy wants the government to start affording same-sex, married couples the same immigration benefits that heterosexual couples now enjoy.

Sen. Patrick Lehy

Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, says he will introduce later Wednesday the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a bill that would provide spousal immigration benefits to same sex couples. Leahy discussed the bill briefly during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform.

Because the federal government does not currently recognize same-sex marriages, U.S. citizens cannot sponsor their same sex partners for immigration benefits, including green cards.

The Justice Department is no longer defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

The Supreme Court is set to take up same-sex marriage cases later this year.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. …”Because the federal government does not currently recognize same sex marriages, U.S. citizens cannot sponsor their same sex partners for immigration benefits, including green cards.

    The Justice Department “

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8:54am
  2. lets get same sex benefits for this country first

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8:54am
  3. vt politicians rock :D <3 my state

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8:55am
  4. Thank you Senator.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:05am
  5. Yay, we’re coming out of the dark ages.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:14am
  6. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Tell Senator Patrick Leahy to end heterosupremacist marriage apartheid once and for all repeal DOMA and pass Marriage Equality Act

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:36am
  7. yes, Jessica, because one US senator has the power to do ALL of that. Do you even know how our government works?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:44am
  8. We’re glad that he is speaking in favor of immigration benefits for same-sex couples. Taking a stand is an importantn part of social change, even though he cannot do it alone!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:49am