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NCLR Calls on Congress for Immigration Equality for Families

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation Must Include Protections for Binational Couples among The Family Unity Provisions (Washington, D.C., July 15, 2010)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights joined a coalition of organizations and leaders calling on Congress to insist that the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) be included in comprehensive immigration reform legislation going forward. This approach is consistent with the Senate framework announced on April 29, 2010 by...

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LGBT, Immigration, Civil Rights and Faith Groups Praise Congress for United Effort to End Discrimination Against Lesbian & Gay Binational Families

(Washington, D.C., July 15, 2010)—A coalition of organizations and leaders from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), immigrants’ rights, civil rights and faith communities issued the following statement today as Members of Congress gathered on Capitol Hill to call for passage of immigration reform legislation that ends discrimination against LGBTQ binational families: Today, key Congressional leaders joined forces on Capitol Hill to call on their colleagues to support passage of...

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Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell on Department of Justice’s Motion to Dismiss Federal Challenge to DOMA

(San Francisco, CA, September 18, 2009)— Today, the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss in Gill v. Office of Personnel Development, a federal lawsuit challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which excludes same-sex couples from all federal benefits and protections given to heterosexual married couples. A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. “We are disappointed that the Justice Department continues to advance what we believe are...

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Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell on Department of Justice ReplyBrief in Challenge to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act

(San Francisco, CA, August 17, 2009)— The Department of Justice filed its reply brief today in Smelt v. United States, a federal lawsuit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which excludes same-sex couples from all federal benefits and protections given to heterosexual married couples. A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. “We appreciate that the Department of Justice has acknowledged that DOMA is a blatantly discriminatory measure that must be...

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NCLR Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Uniting American Families Act

(San Francisco, CA, June 2, 2009)—Currently, Congress is considering a crucial immigration bill that would make it possible for same-sex bi- national couples to have equal rights to sponsor their international partner for immigration purposes in the United States. Tomorrow—for the first time in Senate history—the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear this immigration reform bill that includes members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community—the Uniting American...

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Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!