The Advocate
April 24, 2013

Former Rep. Jim Kolbe urged members of the Senate to include language allowing a path to citizenship for same-sex binational couples in a bill to reform immigration policies. Kolbe, the second openly gay Republican to serve in Congress, was one of 20 people who who testified Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on proposals to reform American immigration policies, but he was the only person to specifically speak about the rights of gay and lesbian binational couples. He met his partner, Hector Alfonso, a Panamanian citizen who came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar eight years ago. However, the schools where Alfonso taught special education students, nor Kolbe, could provide sponsorship for Alfonso's green card.