Urge Congressional and Executive Support of the Uniting American Families Act--Petition 4
  • Petitioned Secretary Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary Janet Napolitano
President of the United States
U.S. House of Representatives
North Carolina-13
Rep. George Holding

Urge Congressional and Executive Support of the Uniting American Families Act--Petition 4

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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 fourth 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.  You can also sign other active petitions of ours if you have not already, by visiting our Out4Immigration page here on Change.  There's one to USCIS, and then there are other Congressional ones which you can find by clicking "more petitions: right under the USCIS one.  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

    • Steven Zaharakis WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This issue directly affects me, as I cannot marry my partner and have a normal life for him to become a permanent US resident. There are so many things that we want to do that we are held back on, and it is an extreme hardship financially as well.

    • Marcel van den Top MIAMI BEACH, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a US green card holder and Canadian citizen hoping to apply for US citizenship soon. I am directly affected by the current unfair immigration policies in this country that deny me as a permanent US resident the right to sponsor my partner from Germany to live with me in the United States.

      Although my spouse, recognized by Canadian, Dutch and German law (among others), is currently with me in the US as a student, we cannot afford to continue to live on only one salary beyond the end of this year. We will be forced to leave the US once again unless something changes. We would like to buy a house and both have local jobs and be able to contribute to our local community, but we cannot. Instead we have had to move around for the past 8 years because of the unfair immigration law in the US.

      Some people argue that this will make it easier for immigration fraud. If immigration fraud is a problem, then there should be other remedies taken; it should not be a justification for maintaining a different set of rules depending on one's sexual orientation.


      Marcel van den Top

    • Madison Reed HUNTINGTON, WV
      • over 3 years ago

      My partner and I have been waiting to live like normal human beings for years. Here's our short story: http://imeq.us/our_stories/files/3d6cd10892748df68a3e6a96fcb62498-44.html

      I believe America has infinite, breathtaking potential. She can become a highly advanced dominion of joy and unending prosperity and justice for all, that will send waves of blessings throughout the planet, and transform every nation, if and only if, she opens her heart and orients herself toward doing what creates peace, joy and prosperity for everyone. This was the vision for America of the Persian Prophet Baha'u'llah.

      President Obama could be the elected leader who could lead America to her great destiny. We're waiting to see what happens.

      Madison Reed

    • Charles J. Mueller TAMPA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Stop the deportations


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