Coalition of national LGBT groups endorse boycott over Arizona's anti-immigration law

Posted on 08 Jun 2010 at 9:39am

A coalition of LGBT groups signed a letter today endorsing a boycott of Arizona. They point out that Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, eliminated partnership benefits for gay and lesbian state employees when she took office.

The letter was written by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

This is a even more of an LGBT issue when immigration laws are applied unequally to straight and gay couples. For an article on the Mega March in May, Dallas Voice spoke to one gay man who was brought here by his parents when he was 5. His brother and sister have both married U.S. citizens, but since his relationship with his partner is not federally recognized, he remains illegal.

The Dallas-based Human Right Initiative deals with hundreds of cases of LGBT immigrants who cannot obtain legal status because they are in same-sex relationships. An opposite-sex married couple would not have those immigration problems.

The full text of NGLTF’s letter is after jump.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups and allies join outcry against anti-immigrant measure in Arizona

More than 20 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality groups and allies today issued the following joint statement:

Arizona’s S.B. 1070 takes the state down a path that will lead to racial profiling, discrimination and anti-immigrant extremism. We stand in solidarity with other individuals, organizations and local governments in rejecting the misrepresentation of immigrants put forth in this unjust and ill-conceived measure.

S.B. 1070 essentially declares an entire class of people to be inherently criminal on the basis of their race and appearance. The consequences of S.B. 1070 are grave and troubling: the inevitability of racial profiling and infringement of civil liberties; the strong probability of violence and harassment against individuals and their families; and the reversal of progress toward creating a more inclusive society.

We also note that this bill was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer, the same governor who last year stripped away earned health insurance benefits from the same-sex domestic partners of state employees. Brewer’s actions as governor demonstrate, at best, callous indifference — and at worst, willful malice — toward immigrants and LGBT people alike.

All Arizona families — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight — have reason to be alarmed. The state’s new law threatens to tear apart families, separate children from their parents and rip apart loving couples who are building their lives together. The LGBT community knows all too well how easily people who “look different” or “act different” can be singled out for harassment and persecution. LGBT immigrants will be doubly vulnerable under this law, which gives license to discriminate.

We are united in our determination to stand for political and legislative change that will ensure just treatment of immigrants, people of color, and all people in Arizona. Such justice requires the repeal of S.B. 1070 and the passage and implementation of comprehensive federal immigration reform.

Today we join with groups such as Service Employees International Union, League of United Latin American Citizens, Asian American Justice Center, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Council of La Raza, National Action Network, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and many others in the boycott against the state of Arizona until S.B. 1070 is repealed, overturned by the courts, or superseded by comprehensive federal immigration reform.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
Human Rights Campaign
Immigration Equality
National Black Justice Coalition
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
International Foundation for Gender Education
Family Equality Council
Two Spirit Press Room
Equality Federation
National Minority AIDS Council
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce®
Freedom to Marry
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Lambda Legal
International Federation of Black Prides, Inc.
Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
Atticus Circle
National Center for Lesbian Rights

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