Author Archives: Steve Ralls

Lesbian & Gay Couples Eligible for Green Cards Following Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act

At long last, we can now tell our families that yes, they are eligible to apply for green cards. Many of our families have waited years, and in some cases decades, for the green card they need to keep their families together. Couples forced into exile will be coming home soon. Americans separated from their spouses are now able to prepare for their reunion. Today’s ruling is literally a life-changing one for those who have suffered under DOMA and our discriminatory immigration laws. Read more

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Thursday at Noon: What Does the Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Mean for You?

Join us on Thursday at Noon (ET) for a 90-minute call with our executive director, Rachel B. Tiven, and Immigration Equality’s legal team. We’ll provide an analysis of the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings and take your questions about how those impact your family. Read more

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Lesbian & Gay Immigrant Families Abandoned During Judiciary Committee Immigration Mark-up

Following months of threats and pressure by some Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced today he is withholding amendments to the immigration bill that would end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) immigrant families. Read more

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Read Congressman Kolbe’s Testimony in Support of Inclusive Immigration Reform

Earlier today, former Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of adding LGBT families to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill. Congressman Kolbe, himself part of a binational relationship, talked about the struggles he and his partner, Hector Alfonso, faced in navigating the immigration system. Read more

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Allies Speak Out for LGBT Families in Immigration Reform

Following introduction of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform proposal, allies from the LGBT and immigrant communities have added their voices to those calling for the inclusion of our families in a final bill. Here’s what some of our allies are saying. Read more

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