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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2016

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Jackie Yodashkin, Communications Director
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Immigration Equality Lauds Rep. Honda’s Leadership on Reuniting Families Act, Reintroduced Today

“This legislation would ensure that the families of same-sex couples are not split apart because foreign governments refuse to recognize their relationships”

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif) reintroduced the Reuniting Families Act, which would reduce family immigration visa backlogs and promote humane and timely reunification of immigrant families, including same-sex permanent partners. Below is a statement on the Reuniting Families Act from Aaron C. Morris, Executive Director of Immigration Equality, the nation’s largest LGBTQ immigrant rights organization:

“Immigration Equality is remarkably grateful to Representative Honda for his leadership in crafting and reintroducing this critical legislation, as well the support of Representatives Lee, Becerra, Chu, and Grijalva.”

“In most of the world, same-sex permanent partners do not have access to marriage equality. The Reuniting Families Act provides loving, committed couples the ability to stay together just like all other immigrants. This legislation would ensure that LGBTQ families are not split apart because foreign governments refuse to recognize their relationships. It would reunite families who have been separated for years.

“The Reuniting Families Act provides relief for many immigrant couples, including those who apply for refugee or asylum protection in the U.S. No one should have to choose between their safety and their family. This important bill extends existing humanitarian family reunification benefits to all LGBTQ couples and their children.”

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Immigration Equality is the nation’s largest LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Our legal team has won asylum for hundreds of LGBTQ and HIV-affected immigrants while maintaining a 99% success rate.