Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects
May 1st, 2013
07:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects

Washington (CNN) –– A prominent gay rights advocacy group says a key congressional Democrat will push for new rights for same-sex couples in the Senate's immigration reform bill - a move which could undermine the legislation's bipartisan support.

According to a spokesman for Immigration Equality, Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy intends to offer an amendment later this month allowing foreign-born individuals in committed same-sex relationships with Americans to apply for green cards.


Filed under: Gay rights • Immigration • Pat Leahy • Senate
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  1. Data Driven

    What "bipartisan support"? Even Rubio admitted that the Senate bill will never pass the House. Therefore: gay marriage, gay shmarriage, you know what I'm saying? There are too many moneyed interests who like the current immigration situation just fine the way it is, thank you very much. SSM is just another excuse for keeping the immigration status quo - Excuse # 513, at last count.

    May 1, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. rs

    Face it. The single biggest thing clouding Immigration Reform is the GOP. Sure, they say they need to appeal more to Hispanics and other minorities; but at the end of the day, it is racially charged bills like Arizona's SB 1070 (well what the SC and the 9th have kept in place); their anti-voter activities and their anti-labor activities that really reflect where they are at with Immigration. Sure, they'll say it is the bombing in Boston, the border, or Gay Rights. At the end of the day the GOP will sink Immiration Reform because it simply does not reflect their reality, despite that they are the party that despirately needs an issue like Immigration Reform to turn back the tide on their backwards and hate-filled social outlook.

    May 1, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Jamesbond

    Even animals which are less intelligent than these people knows better.

    May 1, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. laurent marouf

    Mi opinione when it comes to equality I believe every one should have the same right and the same opourtunity ?lebirty equality fraternity. Every one deserve's a chance and in the end we all. Go to the bethroome

    May 1, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Riders on bills is trashing our legislative system. True, the politicians argue this is the way business is done and everybody gets a piece of pork. Enough! We can't get a budget, even for the military, because of toxic riders attached to the bills. Between the misuse of the filibuster and the insertion of special interest admendments to every bill our government is useless. It's time to throw out politicians who think this is a game. Americans are suffering as Tea Party radicals play politics with our lives.

    May 1, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Cephus

    Rebellion against God will take you only and only one place Sheol! No gay bars no mansions just a place full of regrets! Repent, Repent, Repent.

    May 2, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |