Friday, August 3, 2012
After pressure earlier this week from Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a coalition of more than 80 Democrats, Homeland Security says it will consider the partner status of gay potential deportees. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed:
The department has issued a new policy governing the issuances of "Notice to Appear" documents, which is the step that starts removal proceedings, which can lead to deportation. The new policy will put the policies of U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services — which considers green card applications — in alignment with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement policies for "low priority" enforcement cases, according to the department — which means that USCIS won't likely issue the notices unless other negative factors, like a criminal record, are found. A spokesman did not respond to an immediate request for a copy of the policy.Well-known LGBT immigration advocate Lavi Soloway is thrilled. Via press release:
After a two-year campaign urging the Obama administration to stop the deportations of spouses of gay and lesbian Americans, we welcome the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it will formally recognize same-sex marriages as part of its year-old ‘prosecutorial discretion’ deportation policy. By articulating the first federal policy to recognize marriages of gay and lesbian couples, the administration signals to deportations officers, Immigration Judges, and Immigration & Customs Enforcement prosecutors that our marriages must be considered when determining whether a case is deemed low priority for deportation.Until DOMA is repealed Homeland Security will continue to deny green cards to the spouses of LGBT Americans.
- U.S. can’t treat married same-sex couples differently, judge rules
- A key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, a federal district court judge in Connecticut ruled this week. Judge Vanessa L. Bryant said DOMA's definition of marriage, which bars numerous federal benefits for married same-sex couples, is impermissible under the Constitution's Fifth Amendment right to equal protection. Her ruling is expected to be appealed, though a number of other federal district and appellate courts have reached a similar conclusion. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (7/31), BuzzFeed (7/31)
- U.S. to consider same-sex marriages in deportation cases
- The Department of Homeland Security this week said it will take into account the marriages of binational same-sex couples when deciding whether to pursue deportation of a foreign national. The announcement was sought by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and more than 80 other members of Congress who urged the Obama administration to stop deporting the gay and lesbian spouses of U.S. citizens while the courts grapple with the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. BuzzFeed (8/2)
"As I've said before numerous times Gay Civil Rights is very similar to African American Civil Rights of the 50s and 60s. Many of the arguments made about LGBT People are the same arguments the KKK made regarding African Americans. They said they were "Unclean" they said they were "Stupid" they said they were 'Disease Ridden", and they said that they would try to make your children just like them. Those are the same lies being told today by Anti-Gay Groups like the American Family Council. I say this has to stop. For nearly 60 years these lies have been going on. Let's stop the hate and start the Love."
Racism, sexism, gay hate and woefully inadequate child protection are all covered with opposing religious harm.
The bodhisattva aspiration is an everyday matter—everyday both in the sense of needing to be renewed as each day passes, and in the sense of applying to simple tasks, to ordinary actions motivated by a longing to reduce the difficulty and increase the happiness of those with whom we share our lives.
- Manjusura, "An Everyday Aspiration"