ACLU Letter to House of Representatives on The United American Families Act

Document Date: June 2, 2009

On behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its more thanhalf a million members and activists and 53 affiliates nationwide, we urgeyou to cosponsor H.R. 1024, the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA).H.R. 1024 Modifies U.S. Immigration Policy to Apply Equal Standardsto the Permanent Partners of all AmericansUnder the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, citizens and permanentlegal residents can sponsor their spouses for immigration purposes.However, because same-sex partners of U.S. citizens are not considered“spouses,” gay U.S. citizens and permanent residents are barred fromsponsoring their partners. As a result, relationships and families areinevitably torn. The Uniting American Families Act helps to rectify thisinjustice.

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