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In a move that likely will be more symbolic than successful, U.S. representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) says he will introduce legislation in Congress this month to amend the immigration law to help binational same-sex couples. Current U.S. law--which recognizes only heterosexual marriages--disallows gay and lesbian citizens from sponsoring foreign national partners. "Here you have people who are longtime partners and who are kept separated by the immigration laws in a way that married couples [are not]," said Nadler, who represents a district that includes New York City's heavily gay Chelsea neighborhood. "It's just not right, and it's unfair, and we ought to change it." Nadler hopes the bill, called the Permanent Partners Immigration Act, will get a hearing this year.
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Author:Savage, Todd
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 29, 2000
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