Happy National Freedom to Marry Week! Sunday, Feb 8 2009 

Seven conversations in seven days.  A pretty reasonable request considering how many times a day we had the conversations about caucus cheating, bambi, and other uncomfortable topics.  Not sure how to bring up the conversation?  Look here for conversation starters and tips: http://www.glaad.org/talkingaboutseries/

Lots of events are taking place over the upcoming week, but the most well-publicized events are the 7 Conversations in 7 Days and the Marriage Counter-Action (go to your local county clerk’s office, request a marriage license as a same sex couple, get denied, and get back in line).   http://www.freedomtomarry.org/

Prop 8 Shows Their True Colors Saturday, Feb 7 2009 

How can a group claiming to protect marriage want 18,000 couples to divorce?

Sign this letter to the California Supreme Court:

http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/divorce

Welcome a new site to the blogroll:

http://www.couragecampaign.org/

Action Alert: Uniting American Families Act Saturday, Feb 7 2009 

Did you know that even in Massachusettes, married same sex couples do not have the same immigration rights in the United States as heterosexual couples?  Rep. Jerry Nadler plans to re-introduce the Uniting American Families
Act this February:

http://www.metroweekly.com/gauge/?ak=4023

Nadler also released a statement to Metro Weekly praising Immigration Equality’s help on the hill:

”I wholeheartedly welcome the opening of Immigration Equality’s office in Washington, D.C. Immigration Equality has consistently done critical work as an advocate for LGBT rights and I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.

”This Congress, with the support and outreach of Immigration Equality and other advocacy groups, I intend to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act, a crucial piece of civil-rights legislation which will finally allow bi-national, same-sex couples the same opportunities enjoyed by other couples to keep their families together. Working with my colleagues in Congress and with our new forward-thinking president, I am hopeful that we can finally pass this essential legislation.”

So what is our Action Alert:

http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/thread/2373221/Get+your+U.S.+Rep.+to+sponsor+%22Uniting+American+%28LGBT%29+Families+Act%22

You can make the bill a success by convincing your Representative to support the bill from Day One. Reintroducing the bill with as many cosponsors as possible will show powerful momentum for the rights of gay and lesbian binational couples of all the 50 States!

Please call your Representative and ask them to be an original cosponsor of the “Uniting American Families Act of 2009”

It’s easy!
1. Find out who your U.S. House Representative is. Go to http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm enter your address, and you will be provided the name of your U.S. Representative.

2. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative.

3. Tell your representative’s staff:
I am calling to ask Representative ________________ to be an original cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act of 2009. To cosponsor, he/she must contact Rep. Jerrold Nadler who is the lead sponsor.

The U.S. government discriminates against gay and lesbian binational couples by not allowing us to sponsor our foreign-born life partners for immigration. Because of this, we face the terrible choice of separating from the person we love or leaving our country. As Americans, we should not have to choose between family and country. Please ask Rep. _________________ to cosponsor the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 by reaching out to Rep. Nadler before February 12.

Thanks for asking your member of Congress to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day by cosponsoring UAFA!

This is a Bill to allow ALL binational LGBT families in U.S. to sponsor Green Card to their foreign-born partners, just like heterosexual marriages:

No State marriages in MA, CT or CA can grant foreign-born spouses’ immigration currently; newly wed same-sex wives or husbands get deported by State marriage (can never come back, leaving children in the States) and the American-born spouses automatically become convicted felon w/ 5 digits fine$ on a base of ‘lying to Homeland Security’, if the foreign-born spouses were here on a non-resident Visa (i.e. student etc).

This bill opens up family based Visa sponsorship from ‘only heterosexual families’ to All 50 States’ LGBT Families overnight regardless of their current State laws (extends to no state same-sex couple recognition, state Civil Union, etc) so that they don’t have to choose between family and country.

Already there are many original co-sponsors of the bill from the past decade, but for the first time, we have a real chance to pass it during 2009 U.S. House session if we lobby.

For more information on the Uniting American Families Act, look here:

http://www.hrc.org/laws_and_elections/6985.htm