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GOP resists proposal to benefit gay couples

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Politico
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April 19, 2013
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In a Senate immigration proposal full of political minefields, it’s an omitted item that could fracture the delicate coalition backing the bill and force Democrats to choose between two key constituencies: gays and Latinos. LGBT activists are alarmed that the 844-page bill fails to provide a path to permanent residency or citizenship for the foreign-born partners of gay Americans. The federal government does not recognize any same-sex marriages or civil unions, so immigration law regards the estimated 36,000 binational gay couples as legal strangers even when they have children.