LGBT activists protesting Rubio on immigration reform

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

The activist group GetEQUAL will demonstrate at the Orlando, Fla., office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., today (Feb. 14) to protest the exclusion of LGBT binational couples from his immigration proposals.

Rubio, who delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union on Feb. 12, is a rising star in his party. Time magazine, on its cover this week, referred to the Cuban-American politician from Miami as "The Republican Savior."

GetEqual's message for Rubio is don't leave LGBT people out of immigration reform. The senator has said that protections for LGBT families should not be a "central issue" in reform discussions.

"LGBT immigrants are caught in the perfect storm – we live in a country that doesn’t recognize our marriages and the broken immigration system leave us without a pathway to citizenship," said Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, GetEQUAL national field director. "I grew up here and became undocumented while a young man. Even though I’m married to permanent resident, I’m still not able to adjust my immigration status."

The demonstration is to take place at about 3 p.m. EST at the Orlando office, 201 S. Orange Ave.

"Like Harvey Milk stated, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, everyone deserves the right to live in an environment that allows them to reach their full potential," said GetEQUAL member and DREAM Act student Marco Antonio Quiroga. "It is time to start creating that kind of environment for our queer, undocumented brothers and sisters."