Statement by National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance & Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance on President Obama’s Support of Marriage Equality

For Immediate Release


Gregory Cendana, (202) 508-3733,

Ben de Guzman, (202) 422-4909,
Wednesday, May 9, 2012


The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) & the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) welcome President Barack Obama’s historic statement of support for marriage equality, becoming the first sitting President to publically announce their support.

This comes one day after the passage of Amendment 1 in North Carolina, which formally defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Despite this outcome, we are proud of the work that was done by Asian Queers & Allies-North Carolina, an NQAPIA partner, to raise awareness on the impact Amendment 1 would have on the Asian Pacific American community.

Many Asian Pacific Americans, especially those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT), already face numerous inequalities at home, in schools and at the workplace. Under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), over 1,700 benefits that straight couples have through marriage are denied to same sex couples including family immigration.

NQAPIA & APALA believe that allowing same sex couples to marry means they can join other couples in upholding the commitment and responsibility of marriage. Marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of one another and President Obama’s support is a major step forward in having this become a reality.

It heartens us to know that we have a leader who is willing to ensure fairness for all including Asian Pacific Americans who are in same sex relationships. We recognize there is still much work to do and look forward to working with President Obama on advancing a LGBT agenda that addresses all the issues impacting our community.



The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations.  NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.

 Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights.