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Task Force Action Fund Calls for Swift Passage of Uniting American Families Act


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
applauds the reintroduction of the Uniting American Families Act, which
would grant binational same-sex couples equal treatment under
immigration laws by allowing them to sponsor their partner for
immigration purposes.

The bill
is sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt.). The Task Force Action Fund, a longtime supporter of the
measure, is working closely with Immigration Equality and other ally
organizations to garner congressional and presidential support for the

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

immigration policy is supposed to be based on the principle of bringing
and keeping families together. But for far too long, thousands of
binational same-sex couples and their families have been kept
separated, or are forced to live in exile. This discriminatory practice
is painfully unfair and inhumane. We applaud Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Sen.
Patrick Leahy and our colleagues at Immigration Equality for insisting
the Uniting American Families Act be reintroduced this year, and we
urge for its swift passage and enactment."

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we've made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That's why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. Join us!