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SF Supes Urge Congress To Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Bill

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— In a message to Congress, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on Tuesday urging the inclusion of same-sex couples in any immigration reform bill.

Two weeks ago, gay and lesbian couples packed a supervisors’ hearing to share their stories about having a partner who is not a legal resident. They fear what will happen if they are not included in the immigration bill that is working its way through Congress.

One man had testified that he would be willing to leave the United States if his husband was deported. In the testimony he said, his husband would be banned from the United States for 10 years if he were to be deported.

David Campos, an openly gay supervisor who was brought here illegally as a child, sponsored the resolution urging Congress to include all families in immigration reform.

“Families are made up of members of the LGBT community and we cannot have real and meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform if the LGBT community is left out,” Campos said.

Some Democrats who otherwise support gay rights fear that adding same-sex couples to the immigration bill would cost the votes of congressional Republicans.

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