According to the Bay Area Reporter, a Congressional bill has been reintroduced to enable queer US citizens to sponsor their non-citizen partners for legal residency. Just like folks in m/f marriages can.
It seems that the proposed law will add the words “permanent partner” to those qualified to seek such residency. Permanent partner is defined as an adult who is in a committed, intimate, financially interdependent relationship with another adult in “which both parties intend a lifelong commitment.” Doesn’t that sound a lot like marriage to you?
The fact that there needs to be an additional law to create a measure of equality for same-sex couples is why we need marriage equality in the first place!