EQCA
Equality California
Equality California Statement on Exclusion of Binational Couples in Senate Committee Immigration Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2013


CONTACT: Jesse Melgar
PHONE: 323.848.9801 EMAIL: jesse@eqca.org

Equality California Statement on Exclusion of Binational Couples in Senate Committee Immigration Bill

(Los Angeles) At their meeting today, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee failed to even allow a vote on an amendment that would have let American citizens sponsor their foreign-born same-sex spouses for citizenship.

The following is a statement from EQCA’s Executive Director John O’Connor:

“California is home to more LGBT binational couples — 7,100 — than any other state in the nation and today those couples and their families were abandoned. There’s nothing more important to us than family and equality and today by not allowing a vote, the Committee failed both. We are appalled by today’s actions and stand with the undocumented members of our community in calling for respect and dignity in immigration reform.”

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 more than 90 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org

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