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Obama’s Proclamation To The World August 6th, 2011
Obama’s Proclamation To The World

“The United States’ enduring commitment to respect for human rights and humanitarian law requires that its Government be able to ensure that the United States does not become a safe haven for serious violators of human rights and humanitarian law and those who engage in other related abuses.” -President Obama   On Thursday, August 4, 2011, President Obama produced new regulations for gaining entry into the United States. Above is a statement from President Obama in which he denounces those from other countries that perpetuate hate and violence, but specifically the persecution of LGBT people. The language of President Obama’s proclamation is explicitly inclusive as it applies the language “sexual orientation and gender identity”. The proclamation also specifies that entry will not be granted to those who “attempted or conspired to do so”; therefore, this makes it clear that whether you carried out the act, you will still face consequences if you were an accessory to the hatred. This order from President Obama gives the authority of the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security to gauge the threat of all immigrant or non-immigrant aliens as they attempt entry. The hope of this proclamation is to deter situations like the “kill the gays” ...

UPDATE: Newark Judge Suspends Marriage Deportation! May 7th, 2011
UPDATE: Newark Judge Suspends Marriage Deportation!

BornLikeThis' own Adam Banks published an article yesterday about a rally in Newark around the deportation hearing of a gay bi-national couple. Henry Velandia, a  Venezuelan native, married his American husband Josh Vandiver last year in Connecticut and was awaiting this hearing with dread, since it was supposed to be the last step before his deportation.  The immigration judge examining the case sided with the (now extremely) happy couple much to the rejoice of the protesters gathered outside. Believe it or not, this is the second marriage equality victory this week. The New York Times reported: On Thursday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.intervened in a different immigration case involving a same-sex couple, suspending the deportation of a man from Ireland and sending his case back to the immigration appeals court, asking it to consider several possible grounds on which the Irishman might qualify for legal residency. The Newark judge who examined Henry and Josh's case cited Holder's Thursday intervention and postponed the deportation until December at the earliest, which we're definitely chalking up as a victory. I'm personally glad to see that the Obama Administration is being consistent with their statement earlier this year that they no longer would enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in ...

Rally in Newark Today – Stop the Deportation! May 6th, 2011
Rally in Newark Today – Stop the Deportation!

If you can get over to the Newark courthouse today, Josh and Henry face a deportation hearing, there is a rally to stop this unjust deportation. For more info see the Facebook page.  Josh and Henry's case today is a very big deal as the Attorney General issued a statement yesterday "vacating" a deportation in New Jersey.  From the Get Equal Press Release: On Friday, LGBT organizations from across the country will rally behind a gay bi-national couple who will endure deportation hearings, facing the stark reality of living under the Defense of Marriage Act. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, GetEQUAL working with a host of other LGBT organizations -- including Stop the Deportations, All Out, Courage Campaign, Garden State Equality, Immigration Equality Action Fund, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, Princeton Equality Project, and Queer Rising -- to make clear that these deportations of LGBT spouses must stop immediately. The rally outside the Newark Federal Courthouse is taking place as Josh Vandiver of Colorado and Henry Velandia of Venezuela face deportation hearings before the court. Despite legally marrying in Connecticut in August 2010, Vandiver (a Ph.D. student at Princeton University) and Velandia (a salsa dancer, instructor, and founder of a Princeton-based dance studio) are facing a ...

Bill Maher Tells Obama, “It’s Your Turn” To Support Gay Marriage April 4th, 2011
Bill Maher Tells Obama, “It’s Your Turn” To Support Gay Marriage

In last week's episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, political comedian and gay rights supporter Bill Maher delivered a monologue telling President Obama that now that members of the Cheney, Bush, and McCain families have all declared their support for gay marriage, it's his turn. Maher also touches on the controversy sparked by Glee's gay kiss. Watch below.