Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Deb Price: Keep Bi-National Couples Together

In her weekly column for The Detroit News, columnist Deb Price praises the recent re-introduction of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), spearheaded by our friends at Immigration Equality. UAFA would make simple modifications to existing U.S. immigration law, leveling the playing field for same-sex couples and treating lesbian and gay couples just like their heterosexual counterparts.

"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., a House Judiciary subcommittee chairman, recently reintroduced the Uniting American Families Act to change the law," Price writes. "President Barack Obama supports changing it."

"The proposal would add 'or permanent partner' to parts of the Immigration and Nationality Act already allowing heterosexuals -- whether U.S. citizens or permanent residents -- to sponsor spouses for green cards," she notes.

"It's wanton cruelty, gratuitous cruelty to keep people who love each other apart," Nadler declared in a teleconference call.

Nadler said Obama's support means "for the first time (we can) make a really serious attempt to pass it" alone or in an omnibus immigration bill.

Nadler stressed that the change has nothing to do with gay marriage, Price notes. "However you stand on that subject, there should be general agreement that loving couples should not be kept apart," he said.

Indeed, no American should be forced to choose between their country and their family, and the Uniting American Families Act would eliminate that unacceptable dilemma.

For more information on UAFA, visit Immigration Equality online, and to read Price's full column, click here.

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