Support the Café

Search our Site

Fate of bi-national same-sex couples in immigration reform

Fate of bi-national same-sex couples in immigration reform

It looks as though the Congress and President will not include same sex bi-national couples in the immigration reform bill. According to Think Progress:

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to consider changes to the immigration reform bill that would have provided much needed relief to same-sex binational couples. Those changes would have improved the bill by staying true to the core principles of the bill by ensuring family unity is at the heart of the nation’s immigration laws and policies.

At the end of the mark-up, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) offered an amendment to recognize same-sex spouses for family based immigration sponsorship, a provision that has also been proposed before in a separate bill as the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). Committee Republicans drew a line in the sand, however, and declared that the amendment’s inclusion would destroy Republican support for the entire bill. Rather than jeopardize the bill’s passage, the Chairman withdrew the amendment from consideration.

There is some good news in the bill for immigrants who identify as LGBT. Read more here.


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Weiwen Ng

I unfortunately figured that this would happen. However, do note that if the Supreme Court strikes DOMA down, then it seems that same-sex couples would gain the same immigration rights as opposite-sex couples.

In addition, it’s only a matter of time before the Republicans lose this particular fight.

I know it’s best for Christians not to be partisan, but the Republicans who are picking this particular fight lack compassion and they are on the wrong side of history. And, imo, on the wrong side of God.

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café