The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) is one of the most important pieces of LGBT legislation currently before Congress. The bill would provide gay and lesbian U.S. citizens and permanent residents the right to sponsor their partners for immigration -- keeping same-sex couples together and ensuring that the children of LGBT parents don't have to worry about having their families broken up by the U.S. government.
Instead of adding her name as a co-sponsor to this important bill, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been dragging her heels and has yet to give her support. Indeed, as this Washington Blade article notes, leading LGBT activists have said they've had "a horrible time" trying to convince Sen. Klobuchar to sign on as a co-sponsor to this bill. This news comes in the wake of reports last year that documented how Sen. Klobuchar, despite a largely progressive record, was disappointing her LGBT constituents for being quiet on some of the leading civil rights issues of our time.
This is unacceptable. It's time to send Sen. Klobuchar a message that LGBT families shouldn't be broken up by the government. Passing UAFA would prevent this. Indeed, Sen. Klobuchar should be honored to have her name added as a co-sponsor to UAFA, and not have to come to the bill kicking and screaming. Let's send her office a message today that on this issue, Sen. Klobuchar needs to show progress now.
You have previously been a supporter of a number of bills important to the LGBT community. But your failure to sign on as a co-sponsor to this important bill is troubling. Moreover, as the Washington Blade noted in this article (http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/06/16/netroots-bloggers-activists-discuss-lgbt-issues-at-pre-conference/), a leading LGBT organization has said they've had "a horrible time" communicating with your office on this measure.
Why are you dragging your feet on this bill, which will prevent thousands of LGBT families from being torn apart? I urge you to truly value your relationship with the LGBT community, and sign on as a co-sponsor to the Uniting American Families Act.
Thanks for your time, and I look forward to a response.