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WHEREAS, OCA is one of the largest and oldest civil rights organizations in the United States of 
America; and 
WHEREAS, In 1994, OCA resolved to oppose discriminatory practices against the gay and lesbian 

WHEREAS, OCA will continue to be an advocate and strive toward fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of
Chinese Americans and Asian Pacific Americans in the United States; and 
WHEREAS, OCA recognizes that Asian Pacific Americans, especially Chinese Americans, have been the 
targets of numerous discriminatory laws that have harmed their families and communities, including bans 
on interracial marriage, ownership of property, immigration restrictions, and exclusionary acts; and 

WHEREAS, Although lawfully enacted, these discriminatory laws were morally reprehensible and wrong 
because they legitimized unfair practices which denied basic human rights to certain classes of individuals 
deemed to be undesirable at the time; and  
WHEREAS, That legacy of discrimination continues to impact thousands of gay and lesbian members 
within the Asian Pacific American community who are currently excluded from over 1,100 federal rights 
that come with marriage; and 

WHEREAS, Those rights include, but are not limited to, the right to sponsor a partner for immigration to 
the U.S., collect social security survivors benefits, file joint income tax returns, and exercise family and 
medical leave; and, 

WHEREAS, Our country, including the Asian Pacific American community, is strengthened by individuals 
who are partnered in committed familial relationships; and 

WHEREAS, American families, like the fabric of our American Society, are quilts of many colors and 
cloths with strong, committed families including single parent households, adult children caring for elderly 
parents, and adult siblings caring for minor siblings; and  
WHEREAS, More than 38,000 Asian Pacific Americans are in same-sex relationships, and Asian Pacific 
American same-sex couples are raising more than 17,000 children under 18, and these families would all
stand to benefit from the full protections of marriage; and 
WHEREAS, Many Asian Pacific Americans, including Chinese Americans, are advancing the struggle for 
marriage equality for same-sex couples across the country; and 
WHEREAS, OCA recognizes that marriage equality for same-sex couples is an important issue, not only 
because it impacts so many thousands of families in the Asian Pacific American community, but also 
because it advances the principles of social justice, equal opportunity, and fair treatment for all; and 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OCA supports legal recognition for individuals in marriage and 
other committed familial relationships without limitation based upon race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or 
sexual orientation 
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