Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are preparing to consider hundreds of proposed amendments to the immigration reform bill, one of which will extend protections to bi-national same-sex couples, because the Defense of Marriage Act current prevents them from sponsoring foreign-born partners. Friday night, President Obama explained that he believes adding that provision is “the right thing to do” because “the LGBT community should be treated like everybody else”:
OBAMA: The LGBT community should be treated like everybody else. That’s the essential core principle behind our founding documents. The idea that we’re all created equal and we’re equal before the law. [...]
I can tell you I think that the provision is the right thing to do. I’ll also tell you that I’m not going to get everything I want in this bill. Republicans are not going to get everything they want in this bill.
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The absence of this specific protection for same-sex couples is causing division over the fate of the bill. Some Republicans, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have warned that adding this provision will completely derail the bill, but its sponsor, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is adamant about including it. LGBT groups, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, and The Task Force support adding it to the bill, but conservative groups like the National Organization for Marriage have accused them of attempting to “brazenly jeopardize immigration reform.”