ADDED ON: 06/07/2019

99 Dems urge State Dept. to recognize citizenship of LGBT couple’s child

06/06/2019 | Washington Blade

A group of 99 congressional Democrats — 80 in the U.S. House, 19 in the U.S. Senate — are calling on the Trump administration to reverse its policy of refusing to recognize the birthright citizenship of children to LGBT families born overseas via surrogacy methods. The call come in the form of a pair of letters. Leading the letter in the House is Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and the co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus, each of an openly LGB member of Congress, including Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the most senior openly gay member of the U.S. House. In the Senate, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are leading the charge. Both letters are dated June 6 and addressed to a Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The House says the Trump administration policy is “discriminatory and cruel”; the Senate calls it “extraordinary and deeply disturbing.”

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