USA: Senator Leahy Files Amendment to Immigration Bill to Help Binational Couples

Written by scott on June 12th, 2013

Vermont Senator Patrick LeahyIn a move that was expected (and widely expected to fail), Democratic senator Pat Leahy put forth an amendment to the immigration bill that would allow an American citizen to sponsor his or her foreign same sex partner. Think Progress reports:

On Tuesday, Leahy tried to rectify that problem after the bill was approved for debate. His new amendment, which will be voted on by the whole of the Senate, would ensure that same-sex couples in legal marriages are considered as a family unit in immigration proceedings. Should the amendment be adopted, it will allow, for example, a gay American man to sponsor his non-native born spouse for citizenship.

The GOP is pretty much uniformly opposed to the idea, so it will likely go nowhere. Let’s hope the Supremes save the Democrats’ bacon on this one.

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