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U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Leahy files amendment to immigration bill to extend rights to binational, gay couples

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday filed an amendment to a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would extend immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APU.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Leahy disappointed immigration bill excludes gay, bi-national couples

Friday, May 24, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (right) confers with the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP

Senate committee approves immigration bill without provisions for gay couples

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON — Far-reaching immigration legislation neared a final committee vote on Tuesday as the White House and Democratic supporters pressed the panel's chairman to delay a showdown over the rights of gay spouses until a debate in the full Senate. [ Read more → ]
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GOP, Religious leaders: Gay rights plan threatens immigration bill

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Leahy submits immigration amendment to allow gays to sponsor foreign-born partners

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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GOP threatens immigration reform if LGBT advocates try to include same-sex partners

Thursday, May 2, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
Sen. Patrick Lehy

Senate panel approves LGBT-inclusive domestic violence bill

Thursday, February 2, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel approved LGBT-inclusive legislation on Thursday that would extend and strengthen programs working to combat and prevent domestic violence. [ Read more → ]
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Senate Judiciary Committee votes to advance DOMA repeal bill

Thursday, November 10, 2011
A U.S. Senate committee on Thursday voted to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, an historic bill that would fully repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Boehner: ‘DOMA is law of the land, and should remain law of the land’

Saturday, July 23, 2011
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week indicated that he would not bring up the "Respect For Marriage Act" up for a vote in the House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Senate Judiciary Committee will hold first ever hearing on DOMA repeal

Friday, July 8, 2011
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday announced that, in the coming weeks, the Committee will hold the first congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
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ENDA and gay immigration rights bills reintroduced in U.S. Congress

Friday, April 15, 2011
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, and on Thursday a bill to help bi-national LGBT couples was also re-intorduced. This brings the total 15 the number of pro-LGBT bills introduced to the House and Senate in the 112th Congress. [ Read more → ]
Rep John Conyers at House announcement

Democrats introduce bills in House and Senate to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Congressional Democrats on Wednesday went on the offensive, introducing bills in both the House and Senate aimed at repealing the "Defense of Marriage Act." [ Read more → ]
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Democrats poised to introduce legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has announced plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. Congress that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws. [ Read more → ]
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