Uniting American Families Act Adds Two More Sponsors

The Uniting American Families Act has added two more sponsors.  Senator Senator Mark Begich of Alaska and Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-3rd MO) each signed on as co-sponsors.

The Uniting American Families Act would allow a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to sponsor their same-sex partner or spouse for immigration to the U.S.

Currently, because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same sex couples, even those legally married, do not have any of the federal benefits of marriage.  One of the over 1, 500 rights denied them is the ability to sponsor a spouse for a permanent residency.  There are an estimated 35,000 bi-national same sex couples living in the United States.  My husband, Michael and I are one of those couples.

Uniting American Families Act will happen soon

Hats off to to all the co-sponsors so far.  I’m hoping as marriage equality becomes more accepted, UAFA will happen soon.  Who knows when DOMA will be either repealsed legislatively or overturned judicially.



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