Tuesday, June 2, 2009

PFLAG Applauds Hearing, Urges Congress to Support UAFA

Jody M. Huckaby, our executive director of PFLAG National, issued the following statement today following news of a hearing for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA):

“We applaud Senator Leahy for organizing the hearing today about the Uniting American Families Act and for advocating for the inclusion of lesbian and gay binational families in comprehensive immigration reform. This bill is critical to our mission of promoting the health and well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. UAFA is one step towards ending discrimination and securing civil rights for this population.”

“UAFA will allow Americans to no longer have to choose between family and country, as so many have to choose now. Lesbian and gay Americans who fall in love across borders face an impossible choice between being with the person they love and staying in their country.”

“Over the weekend, many PFLAG members called the National Office to share their personal stories, highlighting the weight of the problem. The themes in their stories were very similar. Many of these families and couples feel they have no choice but to live elsewhere, as nineteen countries have comprehensive benefits available for same-sex partners. Many others do not have the flexibility to follow their partners elsewhere and currently exist in unnecessary long-distance relationships.”

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