USA: Groups Pressure Senate to Include Same Sex Couples in Immigration Reform Bill

Written by scott on April 25th, 2013

USA: Groups Pressure Senate to Include Same Sex Couples in Immigration Reform BillLGBTQ Nation reports:

Both parties want the bill to succeed. Merely getting to agreement on the basic framework for the immigration overhaul, which would create a long and costly path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, was no small feat for senators. And getting it through a divided Congress is still far from a done deal. Even so, gay rights groups, their lobbyists and grass-roots supporters are insisting the deal shouldn’t exclude bi-national, same-sex couples – about 28,500 of them, according to a 2011 study from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law. They’re ramping up a campaign to change the bill to allow gay Americans to sponsor their partners for green cards, the same way straight Americans can. Supporters trekked to the Capitol to make their case at senators’ offices on Wednesday.

In related news, members of the Hispanic Leadership Network, a conservative Latino group, seemed to strongly support including same sex couples in the reform.

At the annual Miami conference of the Hispanic Leadership Network, a group for conservative Latinos, ThinkProgress spoke to conference-goers about their views with respect to treating LGBT couples equally in immigration law. Nearly every person we spoke with supported including in the immigration reform package equal protections for LGBT couples.

If we don’t do something to help same sex binational couples now, when will we ever get to it?

 

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