On September 12, Immigration Equality and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for refusing to recognize the birthright citizenship of Adiel and Roee Kiviti’s six-month old daughter, Kessem. The U.S. government does not recognize Adiel and Roee’s marriage and is treating Kessem as though she was born out of wedlock.
This is the fourth time Immigration Equality has sued the Trump administration on behalf of same-sex couples and their families, and we will keep fighting until the U.S. State Department changes its discriminatory policy!
Background on the cases
In January, 2018, Immigration Equality filed two lawsuits against the U.S. State Department for refusing to recognize the valid marriages of same-sex bi-national couples and disenfranchising their children by denying their rightful citizenship at birth. In July and September, 2019, we partnered with Lambda Legal and pro bono counsel to file a lawsuit on behalf of two more married same-sex couples whose daughters were denied citizenship. In these cases, both parents are U.S. citizens, but the
“The State Department is refusing to acknowledge the citizenship of children whose parents are same-sex married couples. This policy is not only illegal, it is unconstitutional. This action by the State Department disenfranchises children born to same-sex parents abroad and places an undue burden on their families.” — Aaron C. Morris, Immigration Equality’s Executive Director
Immigration Equality is representing four plaintiff families whose children are being wrongly denied recognition of their status as a U.S. citizen at birth. Immigration Equality will continues to fight on behalf of all LGBTQ families in their position until the State Department changes their discriminatory policy.
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