Congressman Promotes Immigration Equality

Rep. Luis Gutierrez

The inability to marry has particularly devastating consequences for binational same-sex couples. When a person from another country falls in love with a U.S. citizen of the same sex, marriage does not allow a path to permanent residents or citizenship as it does for opposite-sex couples. As a result, the couple can be forced to separate if one is deported. Fortunately, some of our leaders in Washington are working to do something about it. Bernard Cherkasov, the CEO of Equality Illinois, sent an e-mail today announcing a press conference next week with U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago:

Dear friends:
 
U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez will hold a press conference on Monday, May 24, at 12:00 p.m. at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre in the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago.  He will be joined by other members of Congress, including Rep. Polis of Colorado, and by leaders from numerous civil rights organizations representing the LGBT and immigrant communities, including Equality Illinois. 
 
The Congressman plans to address the immigrant and LGBT communities and announce his support for truly comprehensive immigration reform that includes equal rights for same-sex binational couples.
 
I encourage all of you, our friends in the communities of faith, to come show your support for truly comprehensive immigration reform. 
 
I look forward to seeing you on Monday.
 
Bernard

Bernard Cherkasov, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
EQUALITY ILLINOIS
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