While the federal UAFA bill is on hold while lawmakers decide whether to
include it in the comprehensive immigration reform, California
legislators such as Assemblyman Tom
Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced a resolution
last year urging the U.S. Congress to pass the stand-alone UAFA bill.
the California Senate Judiciary Committee passed the resolution 3-2.
Voting In favor were Senator
Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Senator Ellen Corbett
(D-San Leandro), and Senator
Loni Hancock (D-Oakland). Opposed were Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington
Beach) and Senator Mimi Walters
Melanie Nathan, a Marin-based activist who lobbies in favor of UAFA who
we wrote about in this week's story, testified at yesterday's hearing
and then ran out after Senator Harman to ask him why he didn't support
the resolution. As Nathan then blogged on Lez
Get Real, she says she got the brush off.
In other news, the Boston
Globe reported this week that federal immigration officials
have granted a Brazilian man rare permission to live for a year with his gay
partner in Massachusetts on humanitarian grounds. The Brazilian may apply again for permanent residency to stay in the country. Of course, that doesn't help the estimated 35,000 other couples in this situation.
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