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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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Senate committee approves immigration bill without provisions for gay couples

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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
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. [...]

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

Thursday, May 2, 2013
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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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Former congressman cites immigrant partner in Senate committee testimony

Monday, April 22, 2013
Jim Kolbe
WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona on Monday urged a Senate committee to expand its immigration reform bill to include a path to citizenship or permanent residency for immigrant same-sex partner partners, including his own. [...]

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Immigration bill excludes provisions for same-sex binational couples

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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WASHINGTON — Gay rights advocates have expressed disappointment after a bipartisan Senate group’s 844-page immigration bill omitted married gay and lesbian binational couples, leaving out the Uniting American Families Act. [...]

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Senate panel approves LGBT-inclusive domestic violence bill

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Sen. Patrick Lehy
WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel approved LGBT-inclusive legislation on Thursday that would extend and strengthen programs working to combat and prevent domestic violence. [...]

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What the Senate’s DOMA repeal vote really means

Friday, November 11, 2011
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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to repeal the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. Now it moves to a Senate that’s hostile to marriage equality — but that’s actually okay. Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights has a special episode of Marriage News Watch. Watch here: [...]

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