Urge Congressional and Executive Support of the Uniting American Families Act--Petition 3
  • Petitioned Secretary Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary Janet Napolitano
Rep. Eddie Johnson
Rep. Donna Edwards
Rep. Jeff Denham

Urge Congressional and Executive Support of the Uniting American Families Act--Petition 3

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Out4Immigration (O4I) is an all grassroots organization. Because of DOMA  (The Defense of Marriage Act), Americans in same-gender relationships with foreign partners have no right to sponsor those partners for legal residency in the US. In O4I’s ongoing efforts to end this discrimination, this is our third petition of the 112th Congress. We are asking Representatives and Senators, as well as President Obama and Secretary Napolitano, to support equal immigration rights for same-sex binational couples by becoming cosponsors of the Uniting American Families Act (or UAFA, House Bill 1537 and Senate Bill 821). We seek their active support of its passage. 

While we badly need comprehensive immigration reform in the US, and this has historically been the vehicle through which we’ve expected UAFA to pass, the discrimination against Americans with foreign spouses must end. Our fight to achieve immigration equality is now being waged on three fronts: legislatively, with bills like UAFA, judicially, with President Obama's determination that section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional and administratively, with pressure being applied to the President, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to do something in their powers to stop deporting and separating loving couples.

This petition is focused on the legislative fix by targeting four members of the House who have been previous cosponsors of UAFA, as well as President Obama and Secretary Napolitano. By signing and promoting this petition, you will help us encourage these individuals to support this bill and raise awareness that there are many avenues to correct the immigration discrimination faced by same-sex binationals. We ask that our government and elected officials use their powers and influence to fix the problem - now.

We encourage you to take part in this campaign by using any of these options:

(1) The easiest one. By signing this week's petition on this Change.org page, you will send all six of the letters at once. You can also provide the link to your friends and family to take action too, as well as promote on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites you may use;

(2) Contact the 4 Representatives here 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) Look for past petitions on our page at  http://www.change.org/out4immigration and sign those petitions too.

Additionally, don’t hesitate to call our recent cosponsors and thank them for their support.  Let’s hit our target of 1000 signers this week.  Please share this widely, and thank you for taking action!!!

You can visit Out4Immigration at its website, through its Yahoo Group Page, on Facebook and Twitter, or at its blog.  If you know someone in a bi-national same-sex relationship, please encourage them to speak up and get involved.  The time for justice is now!


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nisa Nuonsy SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      down with h8te!

    • Sveta Apodaca MACOMB, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      We needed UAFA years ago, and we desperately need it still.

    • roi whaley GULFPORT, MS
      • over 3 years ago

      Please Pass this key legislation, I is critical to thousands of us . And our future is in your hands along with our happiness.

    • Adrianne Brodwell NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a proud American citizen. I am writing to ask you President Obama and my representatives to support the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA).

      I have lived in New York City all my life. Three years ago I was lucky enough to meet the love of my life "A." She is an international student from Guyana. I want to be with her every day of my life. Unfortunately because of the bias in both marriage equality and immigration equality I cannot sponsor her to stay here.

      This has become very stressful as she has just completed her masters. She got accepted to a doctorate program but received no financial aid. Because I cannot marry her she has no path to citizenship and will not be able to apply for aid.

      Instead of being a brilliant professor she now must apply to business school just so she can come back to live with me.

      It is very hard when you cannot plan your future. Can she find a job that will sponsor her for an H1 visa? Will we move back to Guyana where homosexuality is illegal and arrests are regularly made for "buggery?" Will we be forced to try and immigrate to another country that recognizes us as a couple? Will we be seperated?

      The UAFA would fulfill the pledge of family unification under current U.S. immigration policy by allowing gay and lesbian Americans to sponsor their life partners for immigration to the United States.

      As you may be aware, under current law Americans are forced to make heartbreaking choices, including leaving the United States to be with the person they love.

      I am sure you will agree that it is unfair to force any American into exile, separating them from their family, friends and community. The UAFA is the most effective way to keep loving couples together, and I hope that you show support for this bill.

      Comprehensive Immigration Reform will not be comprehensive unless all families are part of it – including gay and lesbian families.

      President Obama and my representatives please reply to let me know your views on the UAFA. I want you to know that you were elected to represent people like me. Thank you for your time on this important matter.

      • over 3 years ago

      When will america stop hating latino persons and harming our family?


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