Contact Congress--Petition 1--Letter Writing Campaign
  • Petitioned U.S. Senate

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U.S. House of Representatives
Vermont
Sen. Patrick Leahy
New York-08
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Contact Congress--Petition 1--Letter Writing Campaign

    1. Chris  Barnett
    2. Petition by

      Chris Barnett

      San Francisco, CA

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 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 Congress at the end of 2010 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 identified in each week’s campaign with your own letter, your own story; or

(3) Create a booklet telling your story. See http://tinyurl.com/o4i-toolkit1 for more info on this option.

(4) Check out other actions on our action page and sign the letters and petitions we’ve created for previous weeks 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. If you use Twitter, you can also follow us at @out4immigration.

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    • Mitch Sutton DURHAM, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      The stories are heartbreaking and this blatant discrimination has gone on long enough. Until we are granted equal marriage and immigration rights for our partners we are settling for a life in a country that treats us as inferior beings. I'm 26 years old and have been openly gay for 12 years now. The battles I've had to fight in this life as a gay man are unimaginable. It's hard enough being ourselves and standing up for our identity without being denied the right to love who we love. It is critical to sponsor UAFA in the fight for all GLBT rights. We've come a long ways but still have a tough fight ahead of us and UAFA will be a huge stepping stone. Please support this bill if you know what it feels like to love anyone. Think of that person and then imagine someone telling you it's not possible for you to be together.

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    • Lilly Harper ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      I find it genuinely disheartening that I was born in a nation which claims to be free, yet I will be forced to leave soon simply because I am marrying a Mexican native. There is no way for us to afford to pay for her to stay in school for the rest of her life so that she can keep her VISA. Our only choice(and our last resort) is to move to Mexico City, Mexico, so that I can claim immigration rights in her country of origin. Pathetic.It is ridiculous and I am ashamed to come from a place that shows such disregard for the welfare of my own and other families in this predicament. We need help. Thousands upon thousands of families like ours need your help. The law is supposed to protect. Who is DOMA protecting?

      Thank you for taking time to consider how these laws are destroying honest American families.

      -Lilly Harper

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    • Vince Havard TORONTO, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm a recent exile from the US. I served honorably in the military and was a Federal employee. I gave up my house, car & job & ruined my credit to be with the person I love. It has created financial hardships and I ask myself why should I, as a US citizen, have to endure this. Perhaps all the taxes I paid over the years should be prorated because I never had FULL RIGHTS in the LAND OF THE FREE!

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    • David Bennett LAKE WORTH, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      WHILE YOUR AT IT, LETS OVER TURN THE LAW THAT DOESNT ALLOW ME TO GET MARRIED TO MY MAN! WHY DOES EVERYONE ELSE GET RIGHTS IN THIS STATE AND I SUPPORT THEM, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO MY LIFE, I GET NOTHING? YET YOU WOUNDER WHY YOU ALL GET TOSSED OUT EACH ELECTION, NOTHING EVER CHANGES IN FLORIDA.

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    • shawn lopez BOWLING GREEN, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      This is for you, Donald.

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