Sen. Patrick Leahy files his amendment to include LGBT binational couples in immigration reform

Sen. Patrick Leahy files his amendment to include LGBT binational couples in immigration reform

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D – VT), has filed an amendment to the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill that would allow the spouses of gay and lesbian U.S. citizens to become permanent residents according to POLITICO.

Last month, Leahy withdrew the measure in committee, after an emotional debate during the committee markup, after several Democrats said they would vote against his amendment in order to preserve the overall bill.

Now, Sen. Leahy is determined to at least get a vote on his amendment

“Seeking equal protection under our laws for the LGBT community is the right thing to do,” Leahy said in a statement Tuesday. “I withheld my anti-discrimination amendment during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup. As the entire Senate turns to debate the immigration bill, the fight for equality must go on.”

Chances are slim to none that this will end up being a part of the “comprehensive immigration reform.” BUT thank you Sen. Leahy for stepping up and at least being heard.

I think Leahy rocks. And Vermont must be very proud to have him as their Senator.