Gay couples left out of ‘Gang of 8’ bill

Washington DC rally for immigration reform. Photo: Serenae/Flickr

Washington DC rally for immigration reform. Photo: Serenae/Flickr

BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

Immigration Equality Executive Director Rachel Tiven on Monday said she does not expect same-sex couples will be included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill a bi-partisan group of senators could potentially introduce by the end of the week. Tiven’s comments come roughly three months after President Obama publicly unveiled an immigration reform proposal that includes bi-national gay and lesbian couples.

“We are not expecting LGBT families to be included in the Gang of 8 bill,” she told the Washington Blade during a conference call ahead of a rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform on Wednesday that is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the U.S. Capitol. “That in our minds means that of course the bill is incomplete.”

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