I wrote this Article for Lez Get Real and have received many anti-gay comments.:Feel free to go to LGR site and comment – thanks for your support UPDATED: By now we have all heard about the Manhattan Declaration put out by various religious right figures and groups urging, among other things, non-cooperation with laws that … More CRUSADES vs. GAYS – The Manhattan Declaration- where does it lead? Church’s Hate Gay Agenda
I just received an email addressed probably to all of President Obama’s supporters asking for support on health care. I am not lending my suupport to anything until I get the promised repeal of DOMA. As selfish as it sounds, I am sick of our community being taken for granted. Use us and then abuse … More DOMA – DECLARE OBAMA MISSING in ACTION
Before we headed out to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The Tan Mercado family was all spruced up and ready to testify. They were not nervous, just willing to take care of business. Shirley testified with a bravery rarely seen. I met Shirley when she had mere weeks to her deportation and the moment … More Shirley Tan, Melanie Nathan, Jay Mercado leaving the PLaza D.C. For the hearing.
Asking our PREZ not to flip flop on his promise to eradicate DOMA. Defense of Marriage Act – TIme up for second class citizen sour tatus – the unconscienable and excruciating changes to constitutions the theft of our inherent rights; the money that funds confusion engendered by dishonest advertisements, of the self proclaimed religious, the claimed ownership of … More Become a fan on facebook – Send President Obama a FLIP FLOP postcard
By Melanie Nathan – Breaking – Today, 1.30 PM. Senator Leahy , (D-VT) extended an invitation to Shirley Tan to testify at the UAFA hearing on June 3rd before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Shirley Tan, her wife Jay and their twelve year old twinsons, together with ‘yours truly’ will be traveling next week to DC for the hearings … More Breaking Shirley Tan Invited to UAFA Hearing
California Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 Statement from California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton : “Today’s decision, while heartbreaking, doesn’t end the historic struggle for marriage equality. It renews our dedication to making sure all California families can again enjoy the dignity, commitment and responsibility of marriage. I commend the California Supreme Court for … More
Waiting for California proposition 8 Judicial decision I reflect on the harm to my children … More What next ? … as we continue to protect our kids..we wait for the news …PROP 8 …
Donald Trump, Carrie Prejean, the Miss USA Pageant conducted a press conference today, to clear Ms. California and smear equality for America’s lesbian and gay community. Trump and Perjean purported to align to President Obama’s position and statement on gay marriage. The conference was used as a platform (mmm maybe he was thinking Rosie – vendetta-in his overt endorsement … More Miss California and Donald Trump use President Obama as a shield for their bigotry and to clear and smear…
What makes me mad Have you ever heard of an editor closing the comments down on a Blogger’s post? Serena Editor of QueerCents did just that, and I quote: “Serena Says: May 7th, 2009 at 12:47 pm Editor’s Note: Due to the nature of many of the comments on this thread, comments have been … More Queercents shuts down new blogger’s first blog to comments….
Will Maine be number 5? What about California – we expect to hear from the Supreme Court California on the validity of Prop 8 by no later than June 03, 2009. Breaking 8.45 Pacific Coast time Maine lawmakers OK gay marriage; governor on fence The Maine Legislature has given final approval to gay marriage and … More Breaking – Maine the fifth? Now its up to the Governor…..
Media priorities highlighted in this unlikely comparative excercise… between Boyle, Miss California, and equal rights for lesbians and Gays…. check it out – Melanie Nathan authors … More What does Miss California, Carrie Prejean and Susan Boyle have in common
Shirley Tan is not leaving the USA for a while – Great News and much appreciation to Senator Fesinetin, (D) California. … More Senator Dianne Feinstein, et al save Shirley Tan
On April 10th, Shirley Tan received good news and bad news on her rollercoaster ride to or from permanence in the USA. Shirley received notice from the BIA that a deportation order was re-issued giving her 30 days to voluntarily leave the USA. The good news is the admittance that the prior order was not … More Update Shirley Tan Deportation- out of options
I had the great pleasure of working with Susan Young to bring the TAN MERCADO immigration matter to PEOPLE MAGAZINE. I wanted to thank PEOPLE and Susan for doing justice to the Article. The 36,000 afflicted LGBT binational couples need mainstream exposure – hopefully the readers will find the compassion and true value in family … More Thank you for the mainstream expose PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Commens made about Shirley Tan – some are heartless and cruel. … More An American Family Value – Family Values what are they?
Update Shirley Tan -binational lesbian couples; Opinion from Yours Truly….Please keep this story alive. The Mercado Tan family is still on the chopping block until 4/22/09 – hopefully Sen. Feinstein will introduce a Private Bill in time. Pleas also note that each case is unique unto itself. Private Bills are not two- a- penny and … More A Bill in Time Saves 9!
Gay Marriage in Iowa. The tought that only liberal Judges make correct constitutional endorsements of Gay Rights is over. This sweeping ruling proves its constitutionally an abomination to deny gay partners their right to marry. Time for Federal rights too – pending marriage rights in all US States, COngress muct pass the Unificaton of American Families … More IOWA YOU ROCK! Gay Marriage in Heartland.
San Francisco, California “This is a good day for this family, but their fight is not over,” said Chris Waddling, Binational Couples Outreach Director for Marriage Equality USA. Shirley Tan, the California mother of two who was to be deported April 3rd has been given a stay of deportation until April 22nd pending the possibility of further action. Thanks to the heroic efforts of her counsel, Melanie Nathan, lawyer Phyllis Beech, Rep. Jackie Speier [CA-12], Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Immigration Equality’s Julie Kruse, Ms Tan, her wife of 23 years, U.S. citizen Jay Mercado, and their two sons will not be saying goodbye to one another just yet. … More Lesbian Moms struggle to keep family unified in USA
I was informed by Rep. Speier’s office that there is a temporary stay of deportation pending further work that is being done in the case. The stay has been extended tto April 22, 2009. we await this in writing to be sure. Although the family is not out of the woods, so to speak, this news is gratifying, said … More Breaking News Shirley Tan deportation Case
LGBT Families torn about by lack of equal protection under Federal law.
Special Thanks to:
Martha and Lin McDewitt-Pugh – Love in Exile (http://www.loveexiles.org/)
Julie Kruse and Victoria Neilson Immigration Equality, (www.immigrationequality.org)
Melanie Nathan, CEO Private Courts, Inc. (www.privatecourts.com)
GLAAD for media support and training Cindi Creaver (www.glaad.org/
Offices of Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein … More Help us Please – twin boys beg for Mother’s rights
PLEASE CONGRESS 36,000 AMERICANS AND THEIR CHILDREN DESPERATELY SEEKING UAFA passage …. There are American citizens who are being discriminated against in a way that extends beyond civil rights into the realm of human rights and it has everything to do with immigration law – do you want to remain silent … read this and decide. Please ask your Senator to support and push for Uniting American Faminlies Act…. read on … More America can be such a sad place for so many
The Court has taken the matter as submitted. Prop 8 is on the decision block. It seemed to me by listening to the questions of the esteemed Justices that proposition 8 may go through as valid. I feel despondent. Although I thought Ms. Stewart’s argument was articulate and clear and its jurisprudential profundity seemed to outweigh that of the opponent. … More Feels like my entire life depends on 4 hours of alienable argument
“Last November, 13,402,566 California voters expressed themselves for or against Proposition 8, … … More PROP 8 = HATE
Just Not Married!”
This 12th annual Freedom to Marry Week is BIG especially in the wake of California’s ferociously destructive Proposition 8. Freedom to Marry events are being held all around the country (listed on LGBT Web Activist websites.)