Bil Browning

Napolitano Could Reunite LGBT Families for Christmas

Filed By Bil Browning | December 19, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Politics
Tags: binational couples, Defense of Marriage Act, Department of Homeland Security, DOMA, Hillary Rodham Clinton, immigration equality, LGBT rights

I've given GetEqual plenty of hell when I thought they weren't on the right track, but this action even has me signing on to it. The group is demanding that the Obama administration live up to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's moving UN speech; Thumbnail image for JanetNapolitanoDHS.jpgthey want Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to allow Americans and their partners who've been forced to leave the States to come home for the holidays.

In an effort to bring national attention to the horrifying choice between love and country forced upon these binational gay and lesbian couples, LGBT organizations including GetEQUAL, Stop the Deportations, and Out4Immigration are calling on Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to immediately reunite these couples with their families in the United States. The Obama administration could easily bring these couples home for the holidays by simply granting temporary "humanitarian parole" to the foreign spouses or partners of U.S. citizens, allowing them to enter the United States with that temporary status until a permanent solution can be achieved.

"Secretary Clinton's speech to the U.N. was incredible -- and the Obama Administration has an opportunity right now to give shape to those words by proving to the LGBT community that it values and supports our relationships," said Robin McGehee, director of GetEQUAL. "We've heard a lot of nice words from this Administration -- now it's time to move beyond words to action, and to bring these couples home for the holidays."

Watch the GetEqual video for the action after the break and sign on to the petition to Secretary Napolitano.

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