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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Immigration Equality sues over DOMA

I have exciting news.

Earlier this morning, Immigration Equality filed a lawsuit, challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), on behalf of 5 couples who are fighting – on behalf of us all – to end the discrimination our families face every day. This is an historic moment in our advocacy campaign on behalf of LGBT immigrant families, and I wanted you to be among the first to know about it.

Our lawsuit has everything we need to win. It is backed by the expertise of the Immigration Equality team and was filed with our pro bono partners at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms.

You can learn more about the lawsuit, including our plaintiff families, by visiting HERE. You can also read our court filing, and follow the latest news on the case as it makes its way through the courts.

Over the course of the past year, the Obama Administration has refused to approve – or even hold – green card applications filed by our families. As a result, couples are facing separation and exile . . . and we will not sit idly by as the federal government keeps tearing families apart.

We put together the strongest lawsuit, with the best team in the business, because we know how much is riding on our victory. Our legal staff advises more LGBT immigrant families than any other organization in the country. We are the experts the experts turn to on matters impacting those families. There is no group, and no individual, better prepared to win this fight in the courts.

And make no mistake: We are going to win.

There is no question that DOMA is unconstitutional. We know it; the Obama Administration knows it; and the families who feel its impact know it most of all. It is time to end this law, and Immigration Equality and our families will do just that.

Please take a moment – right now – to visit our website and read about today’s lawsuit. Then, share this email with your family and friends. We need everyone’s support as we move forward in the courts.

Today is a turning point in our struggle, and the beginning of the end of the unconscionable treatment our families have suffered for far too long.

Yours in the Fight,

Rachel B. Tiven, Esq.
Executive Director