Immigration Reform Bill Will Not Include LGBT Families

The initial text of the immigration reform bill will not include LGBT families, advocates told the Washington Blade today:

NadlerImmigration Equality Executive Director Rachel Tiven on Monday said she does not expect same-sex couples will be included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill a bi-partisan group of senators could potentially introduce by the end of the week.

“We are not expecting LGBT families to be included in the Gang of 8 bill,” she told the Washington Blade during a conference call ahead of a rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform on Wednesday that is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the U.S. Capitol. “That in our minds means that of course the bill is incomplete.”

Rep. Jarrold Nadler (D-NY) confirmed Tiven's remarks:

Nadler acknowledged to the Blade on Monday “it appears unlikely that the Senate’s initial immigration text” will include LGBT-specific language.

“This is disappointing but not particularly surprising,” he said.

Tiven said she remains hopeful members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will revisit the issue once they begin to debate the “Gang of 8” bill.

More at the Blade

President Obama's immigration reform proposal, unveiled in January, had included LGBT familes. Advocates say they plan to fight for reinclusion through the amendment process.


  1. mikeflower says

    I don’t understand why there is such support for hundreds of thousands of Evangelical Illegals to be granted voting status. When are people going to say, “we come first in citizen rights, before the illegals”

  2. Grrrrrr says

    in an effort to spend more of our tax dollar on a civil rights non-issue :-
    send in YOUR dollars too! meanwhile infrastrucure & education collapse…

  3. Dback says

    These are the loving, evangelical Christians at work in the House. They would’ve been the first to slam the Bethlehem inn door in Joseph and Mary’s faces.

  4. Robbie Horn says

    Once DOMA falls it should not matter. A state like Utah cannot prevent you from sponsoring a spouse no more than it can prevent you from applying for a passport to travel. As long as the couple is married in a state that allows same-sex marriage.

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