Senate Democrats are still taking heat from gay rights groups that feel betrayed over their decision last month to quash an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would have allowed same-sex married couples the same immigration benefits as other married couples. Now, those gay rights supporters are demanding Democrats flout Republican concerns and introduce the amendment on the full Senate floor. A looming gay rights decision from the Supreme Court, however, could give liberals an out. "Their silence was reprehensible," said Lavi Soloway, an attorney and gay rights activist who helped draft the amendment that Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ultimately withdrew under pressure from his Republican colleagues.
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