Through our impact litigation, we seek to change discriminatory policies affecting LGBTQ and HIV-positive people. We currently sued the U.S. State Department on behalf of four same-sex couples—including two bi-national couples—whose children were denied U.S. citizenship from birth. Through these cases, we aim to change an unlawful and unconstitutional U.S. State Department policy that discriminates against queer families.
In February 2019, we celebrated a major win in one of these cases that involved a gay, bi-national couple whose two-year old son Ethan was denied birthright citizenship by the U.S. State Department. A federal judge rejected the State Department’s reasoning by declaring Ethan to be a U.S. citizen. This ruling is an important step towards ensuring equality for all LGBTQ families.