Parity in partnerships.
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.