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Washington Post Supports 'Uniting American Families Act'

The Washington Post today published an editorial in support of the Uniting American Families Act, which was reintroduced in February in the Senate by Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and in the House by Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), saying that if the bill passed, "it would right a gross unfairness." The UAFA seeks to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Nadler_2 Writes the WaPo: "The strain of the status quo on gay and lesbian binational couples should not be discounted. Because their relationships are not legally recognized by the United States, some couples have resorted to illegal marriages where the foreign nationals marry Americans to get green cards that allow them to stay in the country permanently. In other cases, Americans have exiled themselves to be with their partners. Sixteen countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United Kingdom, allow residents to sponsor same-sex permanent partners for legal immigration. American gays and lesbians should not have to choose between their country and their partners."

Watch our interview with Nadler about the UAFA (recorded during the Obama inauguration festivities), AFTER THE JUMP...

Separation Anxiety [washington post]

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  1. Good for them!
    One more reason why Obama and McCain's position on same-sex marriage as a "State Issue" is WRONG.

    Another being, that in some States a gay person CAN be legally married -- and yet that State status is still NOT recognized nationally, forcing people to lie on taxes, census, immigration, etc.

    EQUALITY FOR ALL, FEDERALLY, NOW.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 16, 2009 2:00:39 PM


  2. It's about fucking time!!! It is a shame that the United States doesn't get with the program!!!! I'm glad to see that this issue is finally getting the attention it deserves!!!

    Posted by: Eric | Mar 16, 2009 2:08:16 PM


  3. Unless I misread something, this does not affect any state laws, only federal law.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 16, 2009 2:24:46 PM


  4. Does this have a chance of passing? Also, isn't it incompatible with DOMA?

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 16, 2009 2:47:39 PM


  5. Watch the video. You'll better understand the legislation and many of your questions will be answered.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 16, 2009 3:29:39 PM


  6. That law has been introduced to the house and senate every year since 2000. But it never get passed. Hopefully it can be passed this year under the supervision of Obama.

    Posted by: Dennis | Mar 23, 2009 1:33:45 AM


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