To: The U.S. Department of State

Demand equal treatment for the children of same-sex couples

The Trump administration is refusing to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples and is denying their children’s citizenship!

Immigration Equality is suing the U.S. State Department for refusing to recognize the valid marriages of same-sex bi-national couples and disenfranchising their children by denying their rightful citizenship at birth. In addition to our legal actions, we are building public pressure on the State Department to change its discriminatory policy.

Please sign our petition to help us fight for LGBTQ families!

Why is this important?

U.S.-citizen Allison Blixt and her Italian wife Stefania Zaccari have two happy, healthy sons. Stefania gave birth to their son Lucas, and Allison gave birth to their son Massi. Because Allison was born and raised in the United States, she is able to pass her citizenship on to her children even though they were born abroad. However, the State Department refused to recognize Lucas’s citizenship and denied that Lucas was her son. The State Department explicitly informed the couple that it was using a policy applicable solely to unwed mothers, even though the couple were married when Lucas was born!

Andrew Dvash-Banks and his husband Elad have a similar story, except their sons also happen to be twins. One twin was recognized as a U.S. citizen and the other is living in the U.S. on a tourist visa! Join us in demanding the U.S. State Department change this discriminatory policy!

Learn more about this issue on our website: www.immigrationequality/fightforfamilies/

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Reasons for signing

  • My partner and I weren't given a second look when we registered our son as having been born abroad and we're not even married. I demand other couples be treated with the same respect and equal protection under the law.
  • My gay daughter is married to a Canadian woman. My daughter is the biological mother -- in all ways -- of my grand-daughter, who was born in Canada. My grand-daughter has not yet been successfully registered as a U.S. citizen by birth.
  • I agree with the petition.

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