Family is Family: Demand Equal Treatment for Same-Sex Couples and their Children

Stand with Derek, Jonathan, Simone, and all LGBTQ families!
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The fight for marriage equality isn’t over. While different-sex married couples who have kids abroad are presumed to be the parents of their children, the U.S. State Department refuses to recognize the marriages and parental rights of same-sex couples. Then, it denies that their children are citizens.

On July 23, 2019, Immigration Equality and Lambda Legal sued the U.S. State Department on behalf of Derek Mize, Jonathan Gregg, and their daughter, Simone. Derek and Jonathan are a married same-sex couple whose daughter was denied birthright citizenship even though both of her fathers are U.S. citizens.

When a same-sex couple goes to a U.S. consulate abroad to apply for their child’s passport, they are subjected to invasive questioning about how they brought their child into their family. Unless both parents can demonstrate a biological connection to their child, the child is treated as if he or she were born “out of wedlock.” Then, the family must meet additional criteria before their child’s citizenship is recognized, hurdles that married couples are not supposed to have to overcome.

Love is love and family is family. That is not just our belief, it’s the law, and the State Department must follow it. Stand with Derek, Jonathan, Simone, and all LGBTQ families and demand the State Department change its discriminatory policy immediately.

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Tell the U.S. State Department to stop discriminating against married same-sex couples and their children.

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