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U.S. Sen. Leahy pushes for immigration benefits for gay couples

By Alicia A. Caldwell

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:43 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2013

WASHINGTON » Sen. Patrick Leahy want the government to start affording same sex, married couples the same immigration benefits that heterosexual couples now enjoy.

Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, says he will introduce later today the Uniting Families Act, a bill that would provide spousal immigration benefits to same sex couples. Leahy discussed the bill briefly during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform.

Because the federal government does not currently recognize same sex marriages, U.S. citizens cannot sponsor their same sex partners for immigration benefits, including green cards.

The Justice Department is no longer defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court is set to take up gay marriage cases later this year.

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soundofreason wrote:
Always more. Just doesn't end. Give an inch..........
on February 13,2013 | 05:14AM
serious wrote:
Makes complete nonsense to me!!!
on February 13,2013 | 05:20AM
hawaiinui wrote:
Yep, lots of $en$e.
on February 13,2013 | 05:58AM
gari wrote:
Can"t this wait till they work on the sequestor problem ??? Seems like they all work in a vacumn. "What does that teach our younger high school children .?" Is this education ? Aloha
on February 13,2013 | 08:27AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As a nation we have always had a shortage of gay immigrants. This is a positive step to correct that horrible deficiency.
on February 13,2013 | 09:16AM
soundofreason wrote:
Keep it up pal ;)
on February 13,2013 | 07:19PM
redneckMT wrote:
on February 13,2013 | 09:26AM
serious wrote:
Conn is just like HI--100% D's. A cheese sandwich with a (D) could get elected.
on February 13,2013 | 09:30AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Do we have a shortage of gay couples? Do we have to bring more in from foreign countries? I suggest Leahy start working on more pressing issues like the budget instead of dreaming up these nonessential bills.
on February 13,2013 | 09:32AM
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