Leahy And Collins Introduce Bipartisan Uniting American Families Act
. . . Legislation Will Bring Equality To Same-Sex Couples Under Immigration Law
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, February 13, 2013) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation to update U.S. immigration law to permit American citizens to sponsor same-sex “permanent partners” applying for legal residency in the United States.
The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) would allow American citizens who are in long term committed relationships to sponsor their foreign partners for green cards under the family immigration system, just as heterosexual married couples are currently allowed to do under the law. Leahy has championed the proposal since 2003, when he first introduced legislation, and welcomed Collins as the first Republican cosponsor of UAFA last year. In the 113th Congress, Collins joins Leahy as an original cosponsor of the legislation...