A Democratic source said: “Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal.” A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles.
The decision by Obama seeks to remedy what advocates for same-sex couples view as one of the most searing inequalities under the existing federal limit on marriage to one man and one woman: LGBT American citizens simply have no way to confer citizenship on their romantic partners, something that is automatic — if not always simple — for straight couples.
The Senate’s plan excludes same-sex couples as three Democratic senators told LGBT advocates on Sunday prior to their proposal’s release. Sens. Chuck Schumer, Richard Durbin and Bob Menendez told the advocates that there would be attempts to include same-sex couples later in the process, but there would be no guarantees.
Failed Ed Harris impersonator Sen. John McCain told CBS This Morning that it’s “something that frankly is not of paramount importance at this time.” McCain referred to Obama’s plan as a “red flag.”
Congress be damned, the President will unveil his proposal today in that bastion of family values, Las Vegas.