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Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses

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A recent immigration reform measure proposed by an Illinois congressman would give gay U.S. citizens the right to claim foreign spouses for green cards.

BY ALFONSO CHARDY AND STEVE ROTHAUS, achardy@ElNuevoHerald.com

Juan Carlos Galán and Greg Nardi of Miami Beach live together as a family and would like to get married.

Then Nardi, a U.S. citizen, would claim Galán as a relative and help the Panama-born computer expert get a green card.

For now, though, these are just dreams -- unless President Barack Obama can convince Congress to pass immigration reform.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who last December introduced the first immigration reform bill of the current congressional session, announced in May that he intends to add provisions that would include same-sex couples and their families.

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