Lobbying for Love

Elizabeth Gilbert

Credit: Erik Charlton, Menlo Park

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, will be lobbying in Washington next month. 

Gilbert will be on Capitol Hill supporting the organization Immigration Equality, and their work on the Uniting American Families Act. The act would give foreign-born, same-sex partners of US citizens the same rights currently reserved for straight couples in the same situation.

Gilbert herself married a Brazilian man (played by Javier Bardem) whom she met during her travels. While they were able to secure a visa for him via marriage, this would not have been possible for same-sex couples since their marriages are not currently recognized by federal law in the US.

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