WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy wants the government to start affording same-sex, married couples the same immigration benefits that heterosexual couples now enjoy.
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 Supreme Court is set to take up same-sex marriage cases later this year.
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