Task Force applauds introduction of Uniting American Families Act

May 08, 2007

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

Bill would end discrimination in immigration caused by U.S. refusal to recognize same-sex relationships

WASHINGTON, May 8 — The Uniting American Families Act was introduced today in the U.S. House by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and in the Senate by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act by adding “permanent partner” next to “spouse” and provide the same immigration procedures for same-sex partners as currently exist for immediate relatives of United States citizens.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“We applaud Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Sen. Patrick Leahy and our colleagues at Immigration Equality for insisting that the Uniting American Families Act be introduced and move forward this year. Immigration policy in the United States is supposed to be based on the principle of bringing and keeping families together. Yet this country’s refusal to treat some families — same-sex families — equally means that thousands of binational families are kept separated, or are forced to live in exile. It is yet another way the U.S. government discriminates against same-sex families, and it is long past time for such discrimination to stop. We urge swift passage of this legislation.”


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