The immigration reform bill introduced by the Senate “Gang of 8” was lacking a provision to allow US citizens to sponsor their same sex partners. Now one Senator is trying to amend the bill to rectify the issue. The Washington Blade reports:
The lead sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act in the Senate has announced that he’ll introduce the legislation as a committee amendment to comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement on Tuesday that he filed the measure — which would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for residency in the United States — along with several other amendments before the committee for the immigration bill.
What happens next?
All committee amendments to comprehensive immigration reform are due at 5 p.m. The committee is scheduled to vote Friday on the first round of amendments. Subsequent votes are slated for May 14, May 16, May 20 and every day that follows until there’s a final vote on the bill. Chances are the amendments for gay inclusion will come up on one of these later days.
It’s time we took action to keep binational gay and lesbian couples from being forced apart by the INS.