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Sen. Patrick Lehy

Leahy wants immigration benefits for same-sex couples

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. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Nadler to reintroduce immigration bill that includes gay binational couples

Monday, February 4, 2013
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is set to reintroduce legislation on Tuesday that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for a green card as debate continues over whether such language should be included as part of comprehensive immigration reform. [ Read more → ]
In this Jan. 4, 2012 file photo, Bradford Wells (left) and Anthony John Makk pose together at their home in San Francisco. Wells and Makk, are a married gay couple that have lived most of their relationship in San Francisco. Makk is a citizen of Australia married to Wells, a U.S. citizen who suffers from AIDS-related illness. Makk is his primary caregiver. Latino and gay rights groups that have spent the last several years working to forge a mutually beneficial alliance face a crucial test in the months ahead as immigration reform returns to the top of Washington's agenda. Gay rights advocates are fighting to ensure that the comprehensive immigration legislation high-ranking U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have pledged to pursue includes legal residency options for foreigners in same-sex marriages.Photo: Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle, via AP

Gay community, Latino groups forge immigration alliance

Sunday, February 3, 2013
The gay rights movement is working to make sure bi-national, same-sex couples are included in immigration reform legislation making its way toward Congress, a tricky task for a constituency at the nexus of two hot-button social issues. So far, it has done so with strong backing from its liberal Latino partners. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy groups applaud Obama’s gay-inclusive immigration plan

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
LGBT advocacy groups on Tuesday applauded President Barack Obama's plan for immigration reform, which included provisions that would allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a visa for a same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak about immigration at Del Sol High School, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Las Vegas.Photo: Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

Obama includes same-sex, binational couples in immigration reform plan

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Declaring "now is the time" to fix broken immigration laws, President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his plan for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, including allowing U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a visa for a same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
From left: Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at a news conference Monday to announce sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Same-sex couples missing from Senate immigration plan

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform made public on Monday by a bipartisan group of senators contains no provision for bi-national same-sex couples, despite the push among LGBT advocates to include such language in immigration reform. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Gillibrand leads renewed call to help bi-national couples

Friday, January 18, 2013
The junior senator from New York is taking up the lead on a renewed call for administrative action to help bi-national same-sex couples in anticipation of a ruling from the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act. In a letter sent out Thursday, Sen.... [ Read more → ]
File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

54 groups call on Obama to take action for bi-national couples

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A total of 54 LGBT and immigration advocacy groups are teaming up to make a renewed call on the Obama administration to take action on behalf of bi-national same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to take up litigation challenging DOMA. [ Read more → ]

Obama administration issues written deportation guidelines

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
New guidance from the Department of Homeland Security stipulating that gay and lesbian bi-national couples are families spells out three criteria for immigration officials who are determining whether to exercise prosecutorial discretion in potential deportation cases. [ Read more → ]
Janet Napolitano

DHS to spell out LGBT protections in guidance to immigration officials

Friday, September 28, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security intends to spell out in written guidance that immigration officers should consider “long-term, same-sex partners” as families when considering whether to exercise prosecutorial discretion in the potential deportation of an undocumented immigrant. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins becomes first GOP co-sponsor of UAFA

Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Republican senator from Maine credited with being a leader in the legislative effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has signed on to legislation that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign same-sex partners for residency in the United States. [ Read more → ]

Despite assurances, LGBT advocates want more for bi-national couples

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The issue of keeping married bi-national gay couples together in the United States is receiving fresh attention as LGBT advocates call for more action beyond a recent statement from the Department of Homeland Security saying being in a same-sex marriage is a factor in determining whether a potential deportee should be able to stay in the country. [ Read more → ]
Takako Ueda

Married bi-national lesbian couple escape deportation threat

Thursday, May 24, 2012
DUMMERSTON, Vt. — A Japanese national living in the U.S. on an expired visa with her American wife, was informed Tuesday by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service that agency officials had decided to defer action on deportation proceedings against her. [ Read more → ]

John Kerry seeks to aid lesbian bi-national couple

Monday, April 9, 2012
The Democratic senior senator from Massachusetts is seeking to aid a married lesbian couple in his state by asking the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to ensure the foreign national in the relationship won’t be deported back to Pakistan. [ Read more → ]
Edwin Blesch (left) and

Five gay, binational couples file suit challenging Defense of Marriage Act

Monday, April 2, 2012
NEW YORK -- Five lesbian and gay couples on Monday filed suit today in the Eastern District of New York, challenging Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents lesbian and gay American citizens from sponsoring their spouses for green cards. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Immigration judge halts deportation of gay spouse

Thursday, March 22, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A U.S. Immigration judge on Thursday afternoon halted deportation proceedings against Alfonso Garcia, the bi-national spouse of a gay man, and instead ordered that a routine green card petition process be initiated. [ Read more → ]

San Francisco binational gay couple ‘elated’ over deferred deportation

Friday, January 6, 2012
Bradford Wells breathed a sigh of relief this week following the news that his Australian-native spouse, Anthony Makk, won’t be forced to leave the United States anytime soon -- Wells received a letter from U.S. Customs & Immigration Services that potential deportation action on Makk won’t happen for at least two years. [ Read more → ]
Cristina Ojeda, left, and Monica Alcota

Immigration judge dismisses deportation case against lesbian spouse of U.S. citizen

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
NEW YORK -- A federal immigration judge has signed an order dismissing the case against an Argentine woman who had married a U.S. citizen and was facing deportation. [ Read more → ]

New DHS guidance on immigration omits same-sex couples

Friday, November 18, 2011
WASHINGTON D.C. -- About 35 transgender activists and their supporters walked in picket lines on Thursday outside the headquarters of the D.C. Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to draw attention to what they say is an unacceptably high rate of violence against transgender people in the city. [ Read more → ]

Why are we still deporting married LGBT people?

Monday, October 10, 2011
As the legal challenge to Prop 8 continues, Equality California backs away from a repeal campaign in 2012. More Republicans than ever back marriage equality, but deportation still looms for legally married LGBTs. And why should the nation's cops have to pay for John Boehner's $1.5 million anti-gay lawyer? [ Read more → ]

What are the Proposition 8 proponents trying to hide?

Monday, August 29, 2011
Just what are the Prop 8 proponents trying to hide, and why are they afraid to let the public see their witnesses being cross-examined? We may find out after a hearing on Monday. Also, John Boehner's defense of DOMA is found to be full of junk science, a semi-reprieve for LGBTs fearing deportation, and there's lots of work still to do in Maine. [ Read more → ]
Alex Benshimol, left, and Doug Gentry

San Francisco immigration judge drops deportation case against married gay man

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
An immigration judge in San Francisco has dropped the deportation case against a married gay man following the Obama Administration’s announcement last week of policy changes that would relax enforcement of “low threat” cases. [ Read more → ]

Change in immigration policy could benefit same-sex binational couples

Monday, August 22, 2011
The Obama Administration has announced it plans to implement changes in U.S. immigration policy, the result of which could benefit bi-national same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk

U.S. government rips man away from AIDS-afflicted spouse

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
After some legal wins in the cases of bi-national gay and lesbian couples, this devastating story comes out of San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_30911" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk"][media-credit name="Noah Berger, Special to the SF Chronicle" align="alignleft" width="250"][/media-credit][/caption] The San Francisco Chronicle reports... [ Read more → ]
Josh Vandiver

Deportation proceedings dismissed in same-sex marriage immigration case

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Another battle which is loosening the Jenga pieces is the bigoted piece of legislation known as DOMA -- officials have canceled the deportation of a Venezuelan man in New Jersey who is married to an American man. [ Read more → ]
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