Monday, May 09, 2011

Five New Co-Sponsors for Uniting American Families Act (UAFA)

Good news! Last week the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) picked up 5 new co-sponsors in the House. That brings the total of co-sponsors to 107 in the House and 20 in Senate. The bill was re-introduced less than a month ago by Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Sen. Patrick Leahy.

The new co-sponsors are:

Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 5/5/2011
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 5/5/2011
Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 5/5/2011
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 5/5/2011
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 5/5/2011

Also last week, Rep. Mike Honda re-introduced the Reuniting Families Act in Congress. This is the bill that advocates to to restore one of the tenets that the US immigration system was built on -- "family reunification". The bill includes same-sex binational couples in its description of what a family is -- and underscores it with language from UAFA. RFA has 80 co-sponsors in the House.

Out4Immigration especially thanks our volunteers like Chris Barnett, who puts out our weekly petitions and some others behind the scenes who track the legislative co-sponsors and tally up the totals for us. While there has been lots in the news about the administrative and judicial headway we are making in tearing down the laws that keep LGBT Americans separated from our partners -- the legislative course underscores that the laws are wrong and need to be changed. Keep up the good work, everyone!!

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