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Gay Rights, Meet Immigration Reform

May 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Here's a bill gaining support in Congress that takes two of the most heated political topics - immigration reform and same-sex marriages - and combines them to create a relatively mild but still controversial reform. The Uniting American Families Act of 2009 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow U.S. citizens to sponsor same-sex permanent partners to immigrate legally to the U.S. and live and work here permanently.

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Last year the House of Representatives passed legislation to expand hate crimes law to include violent acts motivated by the actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim. But the bill stalled in the Senate over its protection for transgender people and the House went back and passed weakened version of the bill that did not include the transgender language. But even the weaker version did not make it through the Senate. Now, with an expanded D...

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