June 12, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is trying again on immigration and gay rights. The Vermont Democrat filed an amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill on Tuesday that would allow gay U.S. citizens to petition their foreign spouses to become permanent residents. He had withdrawn the measure after an emotional debate during the committee markup, after several Democrats said they would vote against his amendment in order to preserve the overall bill. Republicans in the Gang of Eight had threatened to oppose the group’s bill if Democrats approved Leahy’s measure.