Faced with what many believed was a deal breaker in the Immigration Reform Bill , Senator Leahy removed his same sex amendment to the bill. The amendment which would have recognized LGBT bi-national couples in the battle for immigration reform.
Several Democrats, including the President, agreed that it was better to see the bill succeed without the provision for LGBT couples, rather than see the bill fail, as several on both sides of the aisle threatened, should the LGBT amendment be included.
A little past 7 p.m., Leahy said, “It is with a heavy heart … I will withhold the Leahy Amendment 7 at this point.”
Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, offered the amendment a half-hour earlier, saying, “I don’t want to be the senator who asks Americans to choose between the love of their life and the love of their country.”
He added, “Discriminating against people based on who they love is a travesty,” noting that he wanted to hear from members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators about why they didn’t include protections for gay couples in the initial bill