Immigration reform activists are calling on Congress to include gay families under the family reunification provisions of the proposed legislation.
“It must include all of our families,” including lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered families, said Mee Moua, president of the Asian American Justice Center, at a forum Monday.
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous nodded in approval of Miss Moua’s statements, the Washington Examiner reports.
At the event, hosted by the SEIU and NAACP, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement expressed similar sentiments.
“We are also disappointed by the exclusion of the Uniting American Families Act to ensure fair treatment of LGBT families from this bill,” the organization said in an issued statement, referencing proposed legislation that would include gay couples under existing laws regarding immigrants who marry U.S. citizens.