SAN FRANCISCO – Equality California praised a renewed effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform that is inclusive of the Uniting American Families Act, which would permit U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a same-sex partner for immigration purposes. A coalition of organizations and leaders from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), immigrants’ rights, civil rights and faith communities issued a joint statement today while Members of Congress gathered on Capitol Hill to call for passage of immigration reform legislation that ends discrimination against LGBT binational families.
“We are grateful that this powerful coalition is standing together to help fix our broken immigration system,” said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California. “California’s elected leaders have already endorsed the Uniting American Families Act, urging our U.S. Congressional leaders to act quickly to end the grave inequities facing binational couples and their families. We hope this vital legislation passes soon, so that no more families headed by same-sex couples are torn apart.”
The California State Senate recently passed a resolution, AJR 15, introduced by Assembly Member Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and co-sponsored by Equality California and Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE), formally requesting that the United States Congress pass and President Obama sign the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA).
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Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed over 60 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org