Gay Immigration Bill to Be Introduced in U.S. House Tomorrow

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is set to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act on Tuesday, the Washington Blade reports:

NadlerThe legislation, known as the Uniting American Families Act, is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House but not the Senate, according to two sources familiar with the bill.

Although information on co-sponsors wasn’t immediately available, the bill is expected to have bipartisan support. Last year, the bill found support from Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) in the lame duck session of Congress in addition to the 145 Democrats who supported the bill.

Introduction of UAFA in the Senate isn’t expected to be concurrent with House version. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has pledged to reintroduce the legislation in that chamber. It’s unclear when the Senate companion of UAFA would be introduced.

The legislation would enable gay couples to sponsor their foreign partners for a green card. It's still unclear whether gay couples will be included in a comprehensive immigration reform bill, although President Obama has demanded it.


  1. ryansson says

    This is a CRUCIAL pillar in the construction of LGBT federal equality.

    If you have a foreign born partner (and even if you don’t) you should understand that your marriage ought to grant you the SAME immigration rights as any heterosexual marriage.

  2. DB says

    A better solution might be to end spousal chain migration entirely for heterosexuals. Homophobic inequality is unacceptable, but we also shouldn’t encourage illegal alien migration.

  3. Brian says

    This bill has been introduced many, many times in Congress and never goes anywhere. There’s no reason to believe this time will be any different. The only hope for this issue is to make the comprehensive immigration bill gay inclusive, or for the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA. This standalone bill will go nowhere.

    DB, your proposal would make America almost the only country in the world forbidding its citizens from marrying outside their country. And it has nothing to do with illegal immigration as spouses of US citizens are legal migrants.

  4. Marc C says

    FRACK you DB. We’re not all fearful of other races like you are and when we find love, we deserve the right to cherish and nurture it, and for it to be just as valued and equal as your lily white and pure relationship.

  5. CHRIS says

    If the love of your life was born out of the USA, you will spend thousand of dollars trying to get them to the USA and then when you see it is impossible. Then you will realize that if you want to be with him you maintain a home in both countries and spend 6 months there and 6 months here. It doubles your expenses on houses, cars, insurance, everything. I know several couples that live this way. It is not fair to gay couples.