DOMA defeat offers benefits for same-sex couples

The ruling made by the Supreme Court earlier in the summer that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as being unconstitutional has opened a number of new doors for same-sex couples in the United States.  The legislation being overturned is seen as an enormous victory for the lesbian and gay communities and same-sex couples …

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Lawmakers pressed on citizenship issue by immigration advocates

The fate of immigration reform in the United States could be decided in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republican Party, once Congress returns from a five-week break in September.  While Congress has been in its summer recess, immigration reform supporters have been trying to put pressure on lawmakers to favor a …

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Activists urge immigration rights for same-sex couples

On the 50th anniversary of the iconic “I have a dream” speech made by Martin Luther King, advocates for immigration rights for same-sex couples made use of the Washington DC celebration as a forum within which to initiate change. The Washington Times says that activists intend to honor the civil rights movement from 1963 by …

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Immigration reform a gamble for Arizona senators

After serving for five years in the Senate and perhaps nearing the close of his political career, John McCain wants immigration reform to be his legacy’s crowning achievement, while Jeff Flake, a newcomer to the upper chamber, having spent 12 years in the House of Representatives, believes that reform is vital to keeping the Republican …

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San Francisco verifies bona fide same-sex union

Improving immigration rights for gay marriage is helping lots of same-sex couples who live in the United States to be able to finally acquire the legal status that they require in order for them to live together without the fear of forced separation. Many have been waiting years for such equality, including Australian-born Anthony Makk …

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Business executives quietly reshape immigration debate

Texas Representative Ted Poe might just have found reassurance that he and his conservative stable mates would not be committing political suicide by supporting immigration reform via a roundtable discussion at a restaurant with five business executives, who made it clear that they are in favor of a robust guest worker program since there are …

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Urgency of immigration reform conveyed by detention costs

Congress could save Americans up to $1.44 billion just by taking one simple step – by ensuring that immigration reform legislation incorporates more intelligent policies for the detention of undocumented immigrants.  Broad immigration could be very good for the bottom line of the United States for a variety of reasons. Immigrants are crucial to the …

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How Republicans will fight immigration reform

With Congress heading home for the August recess, a large number of Republicans in the House of Representatives have been attending meetings with their constituents in order to talk about the issue of immigration reform as well as how this issue can be moved forward within the chamber. Greg Sargent from the Washington Post has …

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Lawmaker talks immigration at Town Hall meeting

Bob Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican Representative, met with some of his constituents during a Town Hall meeting that was held in August County in order to talk about the issue of immigration reform.  The Hill reports that the meeting was attended by immigration advocates who asked the representative questions in regards to his opposition to …

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Catholic push to reform immigration

Catholic priests and bishops from major dioceses all across the United States will be preaching a coordinated message in September that backs changes to existing immigration policies, with some even making use of their Sunday Masses on September 8th to urge Congress to pass legislative reform that would include a pathway to US citizenship for …

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Immigration reform better than executive order, Senator says

It is better to come to an agreement about immigration reform than for an executive order to be issued by President Obama, Congress has been told by Senator Marco Rubio, according to ABC News.  Rubio was one of the “Gang of Eight” group in the Senate that came up with the immigration reform bill passed …

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