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Former Rep. Jim Kolbe to Urge Senate Panel to Adopt Gay-Inclusive Immigration Reform

Former Congressman Jim Kolbe will urge the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to add gay partners to a comprehensive immigration reform bill which thus far excludes them, Politico reports:

KolbeKolbe, the second openly gay Republican to serve in Congress, is one of 20 witnesses scheduled to testify at the hearing. But he is the only one whose primary aim is to describe the challenges binational gay couples face, Immigration Equality spokesman Steve Ralls said.

The 11-term congressman from Arizona is expected to talk about the hardship of the current system on his relationship with his partner of eight years, Hector Alfonso, a Panamanian native. Alfonso is now in the U.S. on a green card, but the couple were forced apart for a year because a previous visa expired and the federal government doesn’t grant any legal status to gay couples.

Kolbe is planning to marry on May 18, in Washington D.C.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and John McCain (R-AZ) two members of the so-called 'Gang of Eight', have both said adding gay couples to the comprehensive immigration bill would endanger its passage.

Kolbe signed the Republican SCOTUS brief opposing DOMA. In 1996, he was outed by The Advocate for having voted in favor of it.

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  1. the irony of Lindsey Graham doing, today, exactly what Kolbe was doing for years is just too delicious for words. at least for the first bite. then it just turns into bitter, pathetic sadness.

    Kolbe, you need to speak out more. WAY more. come on, dude.

    and help poor Lindsey Graham. she's a tired mess and nobody's buying her "shucks i'm just ah-bachelor" act.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 22, 2013 8:24:54 AM

  2. Kolbe voted for DOMA. And days later he was in Tucson having sex with my roommate. I've never forgiven him for that.

    Posted by: homer | Apr 22, 2013 8:55:50 AM

  3. The sentiment is nice, but it's not going to happen. Republicans and conservative Democrats have made it clear they don't want LGBT protections in the bill.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 22, 2013 8:59:28 AM

  4. Kolbe is on the list of people who can kiss my black ass.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 22, 2013 10:35:00 AM

  5. I'm sorry, but that man does not DESERVE to be poster boy for immigration reform that includes gay people.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 22, 2013 10:58:18 AM

  6. So, he voted for DOMA... GLAAD will give him an award any day now.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 22, 2013 12:55:23 PM

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