Do Ask! Do Tell!
This week the Senate Judiciary committee will be holding a hearing on immigration and LGBT families. Currently same-sex partners are not recognized in the United States immigration system. A US citizen cannot sponsor his or her same-sex partner for legal residency. The hearing will look at this issue and hear from individuals and companies who are affected.
The hearing will be held on June 3rd, at 10am, in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Hearings are open to the public, but it’s also important to know that hearing rooms are typically quite small, and attendees are seated on a first-come-first- served basis. So, there is, unfortunately, no guarantee that anyone who makes it to the Dirksen will actually be seated. For many hearings, attendees line-up as early as 7am or 8am, for a 10am slot . . . and even then, admittance is not absolutely guaranteed.
The hearing will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, and will be available as a live video stream on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website as well. That may be an easier option for actually watching the proceedings take place than visiting the Senate, where there is likely to be a long line of people trying to get entry to a very limited number of seats.