This post is by Immigration Equality communications intern Lena Shapiro.
The past week has seen tremendous public attention, press coverage and ally support for LGBT immigrant families.
On January 29th, President Obama announced his support for LGBT bi-national couples as part of his plan for comprehensive immigration reform. The plan includes the President’s support for ensuring LGBT families are part of immigration reform. According to the White House’s fact sheet, President Obama support a bill that will “treat same-sex families as families.”
It’s not just the President who’s pushing for our families. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) re-introduced the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) to the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Nadler called the current law, which excludes LGBT Americans from sponsoring their partners for legal residency, “unequal” and “an outrage.” UAFA is co-sponsored by fifteen other House democrats, including Leader Nancy Pelosi. It’s also has important support in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said LGBT families “should be protected just like any other” family.
On Sunday, the Washington Post published a profile of LGBT couples at the forefront of the immigration issue, reminding Americans that “tens of thousands of same-sex couples wait in limbo” for reform that would put our families on equal footing with heterosexual families.
And we even made headlines at Comedy Central, where Stephen Colbert gave a shout-out to bi-national couples on The Colbert Report on Monday night (at about 5:40 in the clip).
As our executive director, Rachel Tiven, pointed out in The Washington Blade yesterday after meeting with President Obama at the White House, the President’s support – and the growing momentum for our families, is “ . . . really an affirmation of the strategy that Immigration Equality has developed over many years, which is that we wanted to be just as much the LGBT group at the immigration table, as we had already become the immigration group at the LGBT table.”
To read all of the recent press coverage of our families, visit the Immigration Equality press page on our website.