Saturday, February 14, 2009

Coax Me, Congress!

Happy Valentine's Day! Everyone loves a good VD!!!

But back to serious, just in time for Valentine's Day congressman Jerrold Nadler re-introduced the "Uniting Families Act". If passed, this legislation would allow gays and lesbians who have foreign partners (comme moi) to be able to sponsor them for legal residency in the USA.

How many couples have been torn apart because their gender isn't a match for immigration law? Introducing the act, rep Nadler said "“In 2009, we should be ready as a society to acknowledge that stable American families come in all varieties."

If it passes, this would chip away at the whole DOMA thing---leave all the pomp and ceremony of "weddings" to the religious churches---and grant us (one by one) the legal rights associated with marriage. The passage of this bill would also stop so many foreigners (you know who you are!) from having to marry girls simply to stay with their boyfriends in this country.

5 comments:

Casper said...

That would be so cool if that happens!! It would also instantly make my new film a period piece... www.lovegoodbye.com

Don said...

Am I missing something!! With all the rights denied to gays in this country we want to be able to sponsor gay partners from other countries so then can come here! And then what - have no rights!!

Dn

Carlin said...

Apparently you ARE missing something DON.. My BF and I were not able to be together this year for Valentine's Day because he was forced to return to his 3rd world country in Europe because we couldn't find a way for him to stay here with me after living together on a student visa for 10 months, and being together emotionally for almost 2 years. Now he's stuck in his backwards country, with his Muslim family who have chosen a fiance for him to MARRY, because they'd disown or possibly kill him if they knew the truth about him (and his brother also who is also closeted)! Unemployment is 38%, and he can't find a job... but because of our country's archaic attitude towards GAYS, we can't be together. This may just be a babystep towards full equality, but it's an important one! Casper's movie puts such an honest, true-to-life face on this issue... I sat and cried all thru it because it hit so close to my own life.

Anonymous said...

Jesse, Our best friends (together 28 years) have a serious problem. Both of them are South African citizens, but one has dual American citizenship (California) and must live and work here and in Canada. His type of career became non-existent in Africa and he was forced to move back here. The other partner must live in RSA and can go to Canada or come here only on a limited schedule. It is imperative that they become legally married in California in order to preserve their marital life together. The expenses of travel for them has become prohibitive. My partner and I (California, 35 years) fortunately do not have the foreign problem, but we have a serious financial situation. We MUST HAVE LEGALIZED MARRIAGE IN THIS STATE WHERE WE HAVE BOTH LIVED OUR ENTIRE LIVES. Without it, the consequences are too depressing to even consider. Movienut

The Blackout Blog said...

As a fan of foreign men (especially with accents), I'm glad to see this in motion!