October 1, 2010 – Today, in a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer, Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell urged the Senator to ensure that protections for the rights of lesbian and gay families are included in future comprehensive immigration reform. Twenty-seven of O’Donnell’s NYS Assembly Colleagues also signed onto the letter.
Under current immigration law, members of bi-national gay and lesbian couples are restricted from obtaining permanent U.S. resident status in the same way as would a legal spouse due to a discriminatory definition of “permanent partner.” The Uniting American Families Act (S.424) would alter this definition and ensure equality for gay and lesbian couples.
In the letter, Assembly Member O’Donnell and his colleagues applauded Schumer for his co-sponsorship of the Uniting American Families Act and for his efforts toward securing equal rights for lesbian and gay families, saying:
O’Donnell went on to state:
Enacting this change in immigration law would bring relief to an estimated 36,000 Americans.