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Leahy disappointed immigration bill excludes gay, bi-national couples

| Friday, May 24, 2013
J. Scott Applewhite, APU.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Sen. Patrick Leahy said Friday he was disappointed he was unsuccessful in his bid to amend immigration reform legislation to protect same-sex couples in which one of the partners is foreign-born.

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Obama OK with punting on gays in immigration bill until it reaches Senate

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Obama-AP-File
WASHINGTON -- Two people familiar with the Senate immigration deliberations say the White House has suggested to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy that it would be best to put off a controversy over same-sex partners until a bill goes before the full Senate.

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No resolution yet on inclusion of LGBT partners in immigration bill

| Monday, May 20, 2013
Christopher Edwards
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is aiming this week to pass a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, setting up a high-stakes debate on the Senate floor.

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Missing husband: Spending our 6th anniversary apart, separated by 6,000 miles and DOMA

DAVID CARLOS | Special to LGBTQ Nation | Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Jason and David
On May 12, 2007, I sat in a restaurant in West Hollywood swearing off men forever after a string of bad relationships. That was until my future husband walked in. ... For two hours we ate, drank and laughed. In one meal, I had gone from having lost all interest in dating to hitting it off with a guy who I may as well have designed myself.

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Graham threatens to pull support from immigration bill if gays are included

| Monday, May 13, 2013
Lindsey GrahamAP
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that if the Senate Judiciary Committee attached an amendment to include provisions for same-sex bi-national couples in the pending immigration reform bill, he'll pull his support.

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Schumer worries about resolving LGBT issues in immigration bill

| Thursday, May 9, 2013
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday expressed concerns over whether or not the final draft of a comprehensive immigration reform bill would contain protections for foreign-born partners of gay Americans, but would not commit to voting for such an amendment.

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GOP, Religious leaders: Gay rights plan threatens immigration bill

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Religious leaders said Wednesday that adding a gay rights proposal to immigration legislation could risk their support for the bill, setting up a potential Senate showdown.

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Leahy submits immigration amendment to allow gays to sponsor foreign-born partners

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sen. Patrick Lehy
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday filed an amendment to a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would allow legally married gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born same-sex partners for green cards.

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Obama says he supports including gays in immigration bill

| Friday, May 3, 2013
President Barack Obama and Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla shake hands at the end of their joint press conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday, May 3, 2013.Photo: Moises Castillo, AP
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- President Barack Obama says he supports recognizing gay unions in a broad immigration bill pending in Congress but won't say whether he would sign legislation that fails to do so.

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GOP threatens immigration reform if LGBT advocates try to include same-sex partners

| Thursday, May 2, 2013
Immigration
WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the U.S. Senate are warning that efforts to include an amendment that offers a path to legal residency for foreign-born partners of gay Americans would derail an immigration package currently being considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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