Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Uniting American Families Act
While I can provide people with the legal terms of The Uniting American Families Act, what I want to say about it is this: We are torn apart from those with whom we have fallen in love. We are separated from our wives and children. We are living in exile in different countries so we can be with our partners only to be apart from our families. .... We are Americans being told that we do not deserve the same rights as other Americans. We are Americans being told that because someone doesn't like the way that we live, they can tell us how to live. We are Americans being told that we are not important enough. We are Americans being discriminated against because of whom we love.
The bottom line being that we are Americans being told that we are not important enough, that we are too different, that we are nothing...not worth having the same rights as our heterosexual counterparts.
Because so many people have bought into this, because people think that they are much better than the gay and lesbian people (they say so each time they say that a vote for them is a vote for morals), because they think they have God on their side (although they have not picked up a Bible in years), they are against us.
The LGBT youth have been committing suicide at appalling rates and have the support to do this by our right wing government, clergy, and adults. "Christians" have seem to have forgotten that Jesus said the first two commandments are love the Lord God and to love your neighborhood as yourself.
We want to be able to sponsor our spouses for immigration, please!
Now here is the Legal Stuff:
The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA, H.R. 1537, S. 821) is a U.S. bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships. Section 18 of the bill would be amended to include permanent partnerships as an illegal way to evade any provision of the immigration law and allow for the individual to be imprisoned for no more than five years, fined for up to $250,000 or both. Also, if the partnership ends within two years the sponsored partner’s legal immigrant status would come under review.