Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A source says that same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal in immigration reform. President Obama will talk more about this today.
BuzzFeed has heard this from several sources.
A Democratic source said: "Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal." A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles.I am anxious to hear what President Obama has to say about this in his press conference.
The decision by Obama seeks to remedy what advocates for LGBT couples view as one of the most searing inequalities under the existing federal limit on marriage to one man and one women: LGBT American citizens simply have no way to confer citizenship on their romantic partners, something that is automatic — if not always simple — for straight couples.
Under current law, such same-sex couples, even when married under state law, are not eligible for the green cards that opposite-sex couples can receive. Foreign partners of same-sex couples have in the past found their green card applications denied — often forcing couples to separate or move abroad.