Senator Scott Wiener’s Legislation to Provide Refuge for Trans Kids and Their Families Passes Assembly Public Safety Committee Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation to provide refuge for trans kids and their families, Senate Bill 107, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a vote of 5-2. SB 107 will protect trans kids and their … More California Law to give Refuge to Trans Kids Seeking Escaping Criminalizing U.S. State Laws
Pic: A lot of white men – and there are 9 more ! I find it fascinating that on Monday, the Washington Post (WAPO) published the first comprehensive database of every member of Congress who enslaved Black people. On Tuesday the President of the United States, Joe Biden, called out Republican Party senators in an evocative … More The Sync between Slave Owner Congressmen and GOP Senators who Shut Down Voting Rights
Judge Amy Coney Barrett has officially been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. We need to make sure that every American knows that the legal community is vigorously opposed to this nomination. More than 7,000 lawyers have now signed this letter, which is the largest attorney opposition letter to a Supreme Court nominee in American … More Historic Opposition as 7,000 Lawyers Sign Letter Against Amy Coney Barrett for SCOTUS
Women’s March: Delay is Not Enough, Women Want Kavanaugh Out Washington, DC — Women’s March Co-President, Bob Bland, released the following statement in response to news that the Senate Judiciary Committee would delay a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to allow Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify: “Thank you to Christine Blasey Ford for your … More Senators, Delay is NOT Enough: Women’s March
After 59 people are slaughtered and 515 injured, at a Country Music festival in Las Vegas, by a mentally ill or sane (if that is even possible) killer, calling immediate attention to the Republican failure to legislate gun control, despite earlier horrific massacres, and calling for urgent gun control measures, is indeed appropriately political. However … More Senators Introduce Legislation to Close Gun Loopholes
Californians Demand Sens. Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee And Use Every Tool Available To Reject The Pick Thousands Join Courage Campaign in Urging California Democrats to “Just. Say. No.” CALIFORNIA — A new petition from the California-based Courage Campaign is calling on the state’s Senators — Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris … More Californians Demand Senators Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee
Dear Democratic Party Senators, To those of you who have voted YES for a single confirmation of a TRUMP cabinet nominee and even those of you who voted for the UN Ambassador – When you attended Trump’s inauguration, you normalized his presidency, supposedly in the name of peaceful transference of power. When you voted YES on … More Dear Democratic Party Senators
Begging for money to fund a failed strategy for immigration inclusiveness is a waste of time, money and resources | It is too late because even if UAFA is included in CIR, it will be the demise of DOMA that get binational spouses their green cards. Immigration Equality has always described itself as the preeminent … More Immigration Equality begs on backs of binationals | Failed strategy has its remedy in death of DOMA
By Melanie Nathan, May 11, 2012. BOSTON – Following President Obama’s announcement to support same sex marriage, Senator John Kerry, along with 16 of his Senate colleagues, today renewed their call for the Obama Administration to protect married gay and lesbian couples facing possible deportation. In a letter sent to the U.S. Attorney General and … More Letter to Eric Holder as Senators Urge Protections for Same Sex Binational Couples Facing Deportation
August 02, 2011, by Melanie Nathan, While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) was gloating on the Senate floor today, I am reminded of the Bush wars that got us into the trillions of dollars of debt in the first place. Displaying Capital Hill condescension at its worst – McConnell lambasted President Obama out of … More Disaster Not Averted as Senate Passes Debt Ceiling Agreement
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
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….
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!
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 Press Release Shirley Tan
S . 424 At the request of Mr. LEAHY, the name of the Senator from Oregon (Mr. MERKLEY) was added as a cosponsor of S . 424 , a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful … More S.424 Oregon’s Merkeley added as co-sponsor of UAFA
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