Udall, Senate Democrats Urge State Department To Reverse Policy Discriminating Against Children Of LGBTQ Couples Born Abroad

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Udall, Senate Democrats Urge State Department To Reverse Policy Discriminating Against Children Of LGBTQ Couples Born Abroad

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with a group of 18 other Senate Democrats, are pushing back on a State Department policy that discriminates against children who are born abroad to lawfully married LGBTQ couples’ by denying them citizenship. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the senators are calling for an immediate reversal of the discriminatory policy that is causing harm to U.S. families. 

The senators’ letter comes as Americans are celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month this June. This June also marks the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, an event which ignited a civil rights movement and a push for marriage equality, finally won through the landmark 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision.

“Your Department’s reinterpretation of immigration law to deny the constitutional right of citizenship to the children of same-sex couples who are born outside the United States is extraordinary and deeply disturbing,” the senators wrote. “Even in the face of the mounting hardship the policy has created for loving families, your Department has gone to great lengths to continue to defend a policy in Federal Court that separates American families before they reach the U.S. border edge.”



“The State Department’s discriminatory misinterpretation of U.S. law will continue to harm American families. That is why we call upon you to immediately drop the Department’s appeal of the Dvash-Banks family court case and make it clear that every U.S. married couple is entitled to the same rights under the U.S. Constitution, no matter whom they love,” the senators concluded.

In addition to Udall, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Jeffery Merkley (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

The full text of the letter can be found below and HERE