Equality California Statement on Advancement of Immigration Bill
(Los Angeles) The United States Senate today, by a vote of 68-32, advanced a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill to the U.S. House of Representatives.
The following is a statement from EQCA’s Executive Director John O’Connor:
“Yesterday, America celebrated a victory over discrimination with the end of DOMA, which effectively allows 36,000 American citizens the ability to apply for green cards for their same-sex spouses. While this is great news for some, it does not come close to addressing our nation’s broken immigration system. Today’s vote by the U.S. Senate on an immigration reform bill, though imperfect, is a step in the right direction in establishing a pathway for 11 million undocumented people. Our undocumented LGBT brothers and sisters deserve a path to citizenship that does not depend solely on marriage — especially because the freedom to marry only currently exists in 13 states. We are committed to standing 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