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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
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
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
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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