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Monday, January 17, 2011

Contact Congress--Petition 1--Letter Writing Campaign

    Out4Immigration is an all-volunteer grassroots organization.  Currently, Americans in same-gender relationships with foreign partners have no right to sponsor those partners for legal residency in the US.  In this letter campaign we write representatives in Congress and the Senate to ask them to support equal immigration rights for same-sex binational couples, to become a cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), and to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform which is inclusive of LGBT families.  Because we are at the start of a new congress, we begin by asking for the bill’s reintroduction.
   The UAFA has been introduced in each Congress since 2000 by its author, Rep. Jerrold Nadler; and since 2003 in the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy. In this first letter of Out4Immigration’s letter writing campaign of 2011, and of the 112th Congress, we will run this petition for several weeks, asking for the reintroduction of the UAFA.
   The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the lame duck gives us hope.  Of the 23 countries in the world that allow their citizens to sponsor same-gender foreign partners for legal residency, for many of them that step was heralded by allowing citizens to serve openly in the military.  Despite the shift in power in the House, the repeal of DADT was truly bipartisan.  This gives us hope that, regardless of party affiliation, the UAFA is a bill that has a real chance of becoming law.
   It is common for people to respond in disbelief when we share that current policy denies us any possibility to be with our life-partners, shy of visas related to study or employment.  This must change, and can only change with the help of our families and wider community.  Please, sign the petition, and promote it however you can so that others help send the message that supporting ALL families makes not only good political sense, but is the right thing to do.

   We encourage you to further take part in this campaign by using one of four options:
(1) The easiest one.   By clicking through and adding your name to this page, you will send letters to all of the lawmakers being targeted in this petition.  You can also provide the link for this page to your friends and family to take action too (Please do!);
(2) Contact any or all of the elected representatives here with your own letter, your own story; or
 (3) Creating a booklet telling your story. See for more info on this option.
(4) Check out other actions on our action page and sign the other week's action too to urge the other members of Congress to sponsor and support the passage of Uniting American Families Act, or visit Out4immigration's website, O4I's Facebook page or the O4I blog.

Petition Text -

Thank you for supporting equal immigration rights for same sex binational couples

Dear Representative Nadler and Dear Senator Leahy,
We are writing to thank you for supporting Equal Immigration Rights for same sex binational couples by introducing the Uniting American Families Act during the last session of Congress. We are deeply grateful for your leadership on this issue, as well as for your steadfast commitment to equality by reintroducing this bill during the last six sessions of Congress. Please do not underestimate the degree to which you all have provided a beacon of hope to Americans who wish to both have their families and live in this country.

While we understand that the current make up of Congress might not be very pro-LGBT or pro-immigrant, we look forward to your courage to continue to stand for what is right and equal by ensuring that LGBT Americans’ civil rights are not discriminated against. The reintroduction of the UAFA, and its passage either as a stand-alone bill or through its inclusion in any comprehensive immigration reform bill, will represent an important step toward that outcome.

As long as American citizens face a legal landscape which requires they leave the country, hide, or deny themselves the chance to form bonds of lifelong intimacy purely because of whom they love, the core ideals and values of this nation such as liberty, justice, and equality cannot be attained. The current conditions deny and diminish our human experiences; the passage of the UAFA would support and allow the truth of our immediate and extended families. Your leadership has gone a long way by not only keeping this issue alive, but advancing it, as seen with the record 161 cosponsors of this bill in the last Congress. We stand behind you, and thank you for supporting equal immigration rights for same sex binational couples through the introduction of UAFA, and for all of your hard work on behalf of the American people.

The members of Out4Immigration and their supporters

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