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 Dear USCIS: Don't Go Back to Denying Green Cards to Loving, Same-Sex Couples
  • Petitioned Cecilia Muñoz

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
Cecilia Muñoz
Acting Deputy Director, USCIS
Lauren.Kielsmeier
Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Assistant Director, ICE
John Morton
Director, USCIS
Alejandro Mayorkas
President of the United States

Dear USCIS: Don't Go Back to Denying Green Cards to Loving, Same-Sex Couples

    1. Christopher Barnett
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Barnett

      San Francisco, CA

On Monday, March 28th, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2011/03/us-citizenship-and-immigration.html">confirmed that it would hold off on processing green card applications from married, same-sex couples that were being routinely denied the right to remain together.  Thinking USCIS would hold these cases until the legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was resolved, advocates for LGBT and immigrant rights celebrated a step forward for basic justice.

Sadly, the Obama administration is backtracking already. Officials are telling the media that same-sex couples could go back to being denied a life together http://metroweekly.com/poliglot/2011/03/dhs-official-bi-national-immig.html">in less than a week.  Thousands of couples would again be faced with the prospect of choosing between the person they love and the country they call home.

Perhaps USCIS, DHS, and the White House need a reminder that these are real people’s lives they are toying with. Sign the petition urging USCIS to stand by its original decision to hold off on processing green card applications for loving same-sex couples, at least until DOMA can be decided.

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    6. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kristyn Amaya BEAVERTON, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I don't just stand for equal marriage rights, but I also stand for showing equality to same-sex couples that are always shown for heterosexual couples.

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    • Ingrid hackshaw HOLLY SPRINGS, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is for my friend, who wants to be with his love one.

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    • orlando marquez KEW GARDENS, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I stand for my rights. I wanna married who I pleased. this is the time. No more waiting.

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    • orlando marquez KEW GARDENS, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      SAME EQUAL CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL BECAUSE WE ARE HUMANS, WE FEEL, WE CRY AND LAUGH AND WE PAY TAXES LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. WE DEMAND EQUAL RIGHTS.

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    • Gabriel Ramirez SAN JUAN, PR
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a married gay man (together for 9 years in a bi-national relationship), as a teen multiple suicide attempt survivor, after attending 3 x-gay ministries & after thousands of dollars of reparative therapy, I feel passionately about how young LGBT people encounter bullying & violence in their home countries, work places & families. I believe anti-LGBT policies are discriminatory & cause great harm in the hearts of young people & send the wrong message that bullying & rejecting LGBT people is OK, robbing them of dignity, respect & as an equal.

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