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Equality news round-up: Immigration reform, LGBT rights in Tennessee, and more

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By Scottie Thomaston

Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill

– The biggest news of the week is yesterday’s action in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where most Democrats joined all Republicans to oppose inclusion of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a compromise pro-LGBT bill that would have allowed binational married couples of the same sex to remain in the United States together, in the “comprehensive” immigration bill. Jacob covered it today, and linked to lots of commentary. Earlier this month, immigration attorney Lavi Soloway explained UAFA and the potential effects of an eventual repeal or court decision striking down DOMA. He pointed out that simply getting rid of DOMA would not fix the situation.

– Last we Towleroad profiled a same-sex binational couple. Lavi Soloway did as well.

– LGBT activists react angrily to the lack of LGBT inclusion in immigration.

– What’s next in the marriage fight?

– A poll in Tennessee shows that 62 per cent of people in the state think gays and lesbians and their partners should get health and other work-related benefits, and also shows that 49 per cent support some sort of relationship recognition for same-sex couples.

– Last week, President Obama gave a commencement address at Morehouse College that included pro-LGBT remarks. The video is here.

– Freedom to Work has filed a discrimination complaint against Exxon Mobil in Illinois.


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