Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on April 30, 2010
Washington DC – A new amendment into the already controversial Immigration Reform bill is being considered. The new amendment will effect people with same-sex partners.
Senator Harry Reid’s immigration reform bill is already taking heat from the usual nutjobs, but now a new amendment is being proposed which will influence the LGBT community as well. The measure, called the UAFA, would allow gay Americans to sponsor an immigrant partner for citizenship.
“Today’s inclusive framework is an historic step forward for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender binational families,” Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, a group that lobbies on behalf of binational gay and lesbian couples, said in a statement.
The Conference of Catholic Bishops feels differently of course. “[Including the gay provisions in the immigration bill] would erode the institution of marriage and family by according marriage like benefits to same-sex relationships, a position that is contrary to the very nature of marriage, which pre-dates the church and the state.”
But it’s not just the conservatives who are crying, the hispanic lobbyist groups who have been pushing for these reforms aren’t happy either. They’re calling the inclusion of the UAFA a “slap in the face to those of us who have fought for years for immigration reform.”