Friday, October 3, 2008

"What's become normal now is really absurd."

According to Immigration Equality, more than 36,000 same-sex couples include a partner who is a non-citizen. And, at long last, at least a few members of Congress are stepping up to the plate to try and make life a little easier for them. In September, 4 more Senators and 18 Representatives signed on to co-sponsor the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a legislative proposal to finally level the playing field for lesbian and gay couples when it comes to U.S. immigration policy.

For many bi-national couples, our country's immigration law means more than a long-distance relationship. In many cases, it means keeping families with children apart. In others, it means forcing American citizens to make an untenable choice between the country they call home and the person they love. UAFA, which is now supported by 18 Senators and 118 lawmakers in the House, would end those difficult decisions and bring families together. It's a simple, common-sense solution that would make a world of difference to bi-national couples.

As Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) recently said, "U.S. immigration law should not force Americans to leave their country and community behind in order to keep their family intact."

Under current immigration law, Americans cannot sponsor their same-sex partners for legal status in the United States. Though 16 other countries have modified their immigration laws to allow such sponsorships, the U.S. continues to deny that right to lesbian and gay couples, forcing yet another discriminatory law onto same-sex families.

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Mariah and Byron Edgington said...

Hope this helps: is a real live website! After several months, and long, tedious, tender tendering, our caffected couples website is up and running. It’s very much like sending one’s child out into the world. Take a peek at and you’re bound to find something there of interest to you, to help celebrate your caffected relationship.
We feel compelled to reiterate here on our launch announcement just what our mission statement is:
Our mission is to energize relationships, and celebrate an elite status--Married Best Friends. Caffection is the brand for married friendship.

We believe in marriage. We believe those who choose to marry should be married to their best friend.

In the final days leading up to launch date we offered the URL of the ‘phantom’ site to several associates to help us clean up loose ends, make sure the buttons worked, and get feedback. One thing mentioned was the apprehension that the term marriage would appear to exclude our gay friends. Nothing could be further from the truth. We believe exactly what the mission statement says. This is a site for couples who wish to visit and find resources to help celebrate their union. And yes, we believe strongly in gay marriage. So visit often, use the site, give us your suggestions, ideas, criticisms, and please share your own story with us and all other caffected couples. This is not about us; this is a website for you, the elite couples who are proud to say they’re with their best friend.

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