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Bipartisan bill would ensure gay bi-national couples equal treatment

Jerrold Nadler and Pat Leahy better get ready for the AmTaliban smear campaign.

Big, good news (

Legislation was introduced in Congress Tuesday that would treat same-sex couples the same as opposite sex-couples for the purposes of immigration.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt) in the Senate, has a large number of bipartisan cosponsors in both chambers. The Uniting American Families Act was previously named the Permanent Partners Immigration Act which died when the last session of Congress ended.

Nadler said he expected the new measure to fare better because it has broader support. The move was hailed by LGBT civil rights groups.

“Our nation should bring families together, not tear them apart,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

…At least 16 countries recognize same-sex couples for the purposes of immigration including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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