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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 → ]
Christopher Edwards

No resolution yet on inclusion of LGBT partners in immigration bill

Monday, May 20, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Schumer worries about resolving LGBT issues in immigration bill

Thursday, May 9, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Patrick Lehy

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 → ]

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 → ]
Jim Kolbe

Former congressman cites immigrant partner in Senate committee testimony

Monday, April 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ 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 → ]

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: [ Read more → ]

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 → ]

More positive polling for gay marriage, and a boost from flight attendants

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
More positive polling in Maine and Washington. Gay couples get a green light to sue over civil unions in New Jersey. A vote on DOMA gets postponed until next week. And marriage equality gets a boost from the National Association of Flight Attendants. This week's Marriage News Watch is here... [ Read more → ]
Michael Fitzgerald

U.S. Senate committee advances gay judicial nominee

Friday, November 4, 2011
A Senate committee approved unanimously by voice vote on Thursday a judicial nominee who could become the fourth openly gay person to sit on the federal bench. [ Read more → ]

Countdown to next Prop 8 ruling, stepping up the assault on DOMA

Monday, October 31, 2011
We're counting down to the next ruling in the Prop 8 case. A Republican-backed bill in New Hampshire would replace marriage with civil unions for everyone -- including siblings. Get ready for a showdown on the Defense of Marriage Act, and things are heating up in Ohio. [ Read more → ]

Sen. Chris Coons: DOMA says ‘it’s OK for the government to discriminate’

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
At Wednesday’s landmark Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider new legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said the 15-year-old law was discriminatory and urged his colleagues to support its repeal. [ Read more → ]

Senate Committee holds first ever congressional hearing on DOMA repeal

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a legendary civil rights activist, led off Wednesday’s historic hearing to discuss repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, likening it to laws decades ago that requires separate water fountains and restrooms for “whites” and “coloreds.” [ Read more → ]
Paul Oetken

U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay man to serve as federal court judge

Monday, July 18, 2011
The U.S. Senate on Monday evening confirmed confirmed J. Paul Oetken to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the first openly gay man to serve as federal judge in U.S. history. [ 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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