LULAC Applauds U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s Amendment that Provides Equal Treatment for Same Sex Couples under Immigration Reform

May 8, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, 202-833-6130, PZuleta (at) LULAC . org

Washington, D.C. – The Amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy would provide equal treatment for same-sex couples under the recently proposed immigration reform legislation. Specifically, the Amendment would allow gay and lesbian American citizens to sponsor their foreign partners for a green card, a right currently provided to heterosexual couples.

“LULAC works to advance the needs of all Latinos – including the LGBT community and today we stand with Senator Leahy in support of an Amendment that calls for the equal treatment of all Latinos,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran.

LULAC has continuously worked to advance equal justice for all Latinos, including the LGBT community. In 2006, it launched the LULAC Equality Project in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, it unanimously passed a national resolution for marriage equality. LULAC believes that this Amendment would help strengthen the existing proposed legislation in that it ensures that no one would be left behind.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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