Last Friday, @IRAP and @Global_Equality sent DHS and DOS a letter urging them to lift restrictions on interfaith and same-sex refugee marriages. Read more here: refugeerights.org/news-resources…. 1/
Many refugee families who cannot legally marry or register their marriage in their countries of origin or asylum are prohibited from being resettled together in the United States through the refugee program due to unnecessary U.S. government policies. 2/
DHS and DOS, as demonstrated by previous agency actions on this matter, have the power to change these restrictive policies. Biden’s EO 14013 instructs them to consider recognizing these committed life partnerships for purposes of the refugee program. 3/
In the letter, @IRAP and @Global_Equality urged DHS and DOS to interpret the term “spouse” to include refugee couples who cannot marry or register their marriage, including because the refugee families are camp-based, interfaith, or LGBTQI+. 4/
The refugee program should not perpetuate the harms and discrimination that often force refugee families to flee from their countries of origin in the first place. 

Text of the letter here: refugeerights.org/wp-content/upl…

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