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The Gay After Tomorrow

Frank Bua | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

Our movement is about more than just marriage. We need to push for immigration reform to protect same-sex binational couples, demand that Congress pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and move the Every Child Deserves a Family Act into law.

Elise Foley

LGBT Activists Stand By Immigration Reform, Even After Loss

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although Democrats abandoned same-sex couple provisions in immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, LGBT activists will continue to su...

Elise Foley

Bad News For Immigration Amendment On LGBT Couples

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had to make what the New York senator called an "excruciating" decision on Tuesday...

Elise Foley

Hundreds Of Amendments Filed To Immigration Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some of the potential pitfalls for the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill came into focus on Tuesday when Judiciary Committee mem...

Elise Foley

LGBT Couples: 'We're All Being Exiled'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gary Wanderlingh, who is American, and Samuel Conlon, who is British, were introduced online through friends five years ago. They felt a...

Elise Foley

Patrick Leahy: Same-Sex Exclusion In Immigration Law Not Just 'Social Issue'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) will reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act on Wednesday, increasing the ...

LGBT Immigrants: An Untold Story

Donna Red Wing | Posted 04.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

A few days ago I spoke to a friend about the need for immigration reform in this country, reform that would honor and respect both this nation and those who seek citizenship here. My friend asked me why, as an advocate for LGBT equality, I care about immigration. This is my response.

Why LGBT Equality Means Equality For All

Rea Carey | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBT movement is not just about what most people would commonly label "LGBT issues," such as same-sex marriage. Our goals are about basic principles and freedoms for all Americans, whatever our sexuality, whatever our gender identity and wherever we came from.

Elise Foley

Lindsey Graham Warns Immigration Reform Including Same-Sex Couples Will Fail

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday that it's a mistake for the president to push for same-sex couples to be included...

Elise Foley

Two More Republicans Sign On To Gay Rights Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Republican House members signed a bill on Friday that would allow same-sex couples equal rights as heterosexual ones for immigration...

Elise Foley

Republican Calls For Same-Sex Couples To Be Addressed In Immigration Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the sole Republican co-sponsor of a bill to give binational same-sex couples equal rights to petition for ...

Elise Foley

Hispanic Caucus: Don't Leave Binational Same-Sex Couples Out Of Immigration Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration reform leaders in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called Wednesday for a comprehensive reform bill to include recognition ...

Prop 8 Case and the Message for Immigration Reform

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Bill Ong Hing

The striking down of California's Proposition 8 attempt to take away marital rights from same-sex couples sends a strong immigration-reform message to Congress: it's time to allow U.S. citizens lawfully married to same-sex partners the opportunity to apply for lawful immigrant status.

Obama's DOMA Turnaround Prompts New Strategy in Immigration Battle

Jeffrey Campagna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Campagna

Immigration advocates are seizing upon Obama's decision not the defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which previously was the only thing standing between a same-sex couple and a green card.

The Economic Case for Inclusive Immigration Reform

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

The President was right to call on Congress to cross partisan lines and address immigration reform. Doing so makes good sense for families and the economy.

Thanksgiving Apart: LGBT Families Face Separation and Exile

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Lesbian and gay Americans do not have the right to sponsor their foreign national partners for residency. They are forced to rip their families apart, or leave their own country to be with the person they love.

Divided by Law: An American Takes On Immigration to Reunite with the Person He Loves

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Roi Whaley probably never imagined the United States government would play a role in ripping his family apart. The Gulfport, Mississippi resident h...

Engage, Lobby, Love: Elizabeth Gilbert's Passionate Advocacy for LGBT Immigrant Families

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Steve Ralls

By now, there probably aren't many people who don't know Elizabeth Gilbert's life story. The best-selling author, who traveled millions of miles in w...

This Congress, This Year: Families Facing Separation Counting on Immigration Reform

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Unlike their straight neighbors, gay Americans do not have the ability to sponsor their spouses or partners for residency in the United States. As a result, many of them are facing imminent separation.

On Eve of Historic March, Hope for LGBT Immigrant Families

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

The LGBT family, like the American family, includes immigrants.The UAFA bill would allow LGBT Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners so they could remain together in the U.S.

HuffPo Impact Premiere: A New Documentary from Immigration Equality

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Steve Ralls

Lesbian and gay couples are frequently discriminated against under immigration law, and this inequality is literally ripping families apart.

U.S. Immigration Law: Tearing Apart Life, Love & Home

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Organizers say they are expecting tens of thousands -- if not hundreds of thousands -- of members of the LGBT community and their supporters on Sunday. But one couple will be notably absent.

Growing Calls for Immigration Reform That Leaves No Family Behind

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Millions of families remain separated because of bureaucratic paper trails and discriminatory policies that do not recognize gay families for the purposes of equal immigration rights.

Comprehensive, Inclusive Immigration Reform: The Most Important Gift of All

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Steve and Joe, despite the life they have built together, face separation before year's end because of the country's blatantly discriminatory LGBT immigration policies.

Jeff Sessions Annoyed By Crying Child At Hearing

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committe held the first-ever hearing on the Uniting American Families Act, which would equalize the status of foreign-...