Instead, our policies should support strong, stable and united families of all varieties, and they should foster a strong and stable economy that attracts and maintains skilled workers.
The answer is to follow the example of 31 other countries and pass legislation to update our immigration codes and allow LGBT Americans to sponsor their permanent partners for immigration purposes. I have introduced the Uniting American Families Act in the House, and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., has done so in the Senate.
As we debate comprehensive immigration changes in Congress, UAFA must be incorporated into any legislative vehicle. No immigration overhaul we enact can be truly comprehensive unless it includes LGBT families. Itís time for Congress to act and take another step toward full equality for LGBT Americans.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and the lead sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.