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Vt.’s Leahy withdraws amendment to immigration bill on gay partners

WASHINGTON — It was “with a heavy heart” that Senator Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat, said he was withdrawing his amendment that would have allowed gay Americans to bring their foreign partners into the country as part of the immigration overhaul that passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week.

Leahy’s decision marked the latest in a series of setbacks for gay-rights legislation on the national level.

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