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LEAHY PUSHES FOR SAME-SEX COUPLE IMMIGRATION RIGHTS

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Despite the fact that several US states recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions, US immigration authorities are barred from granting permanent residency status to partners of US citizens and permanent residents. The reason for this is the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in 1996 that bars federal agencies from conferring any recognition to same sex marriages.

For several years, Congressman Gerald Nadler has pushed for a bill making an exception to DOMA for immigration cases. Now his Senate colleague Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is pushing for such a change as well. And since Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the most powerful legislators in Washington, the prospects for the bill have improved significantly. It also seems likely that President Obama would support some type of legislation since he is on record supporting recognizing same-sex civil unions.

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  1. Rebecca's Avatar
    Is Leahy going to introduce another EB-5 extension bill? Time is running out...
  2. sobers's Avatar
    how abut democrats recognizing backlogs in the employment category. The backlogs are of historic proportions there, epecially in the EB3 INDIA category.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    "Is Leahy going to introduce another EB-5 extension bill? Time is running out..."

    If the country is interested in getting out of the housing crisis or the financial crisis in general..otherwise it is possible that Dow could well be below 7,000 come mid March!

  4. casey's Avatar
    Go Leahy! The abuse of civil rights connected to immigration in this country is appalling. Gender equality issues are a prime example and a worthy cause.
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