April 9, 2013 at 10:51 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
LGBT groups to participate in immigration march
Immigration Equality, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Human Rights Campaign is among the LGBT advocacy groups expected to take part in a rally for comprehensive immigration reform in D.C. on Wednesday.

“We’re going to have terrific participation from a really broad array of LGBT and LGBT immigrant groups,” Rachel Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, said during a Monday conference call that previewed the gathering that will take place at the U.S. Capitol. “We’re really going to have a really robust contingent that will be very visible.”

Organizers expect tens of thousands of people from across the country will attend the march.

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Dolores Huerta and Grammy-award winner Olga Tañon are among those expected to attend.

The so-called “Group of 8” senators who include New York Sen. Charles Schumer and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio could potentially introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of the week. Tiven said on Monday she does not expect it will include same-sex couples.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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