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Shirley Tan Saved from Deportation by Private Bill

Shirley Tan, who had received a temporary reprieve and was scheduled to be deported and separated from her partner of 23 years, Jay Mercado, and their two children on April 22, was saved at the last minute by a private bill introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein, according to a message sent out by the family's rep. Melanie Nathan:

Shirleytan_2 "A private bill was introduced on the floor today on behalf of Shirley Tan. She will not have to leave the USA until this session of congress ends, and unless UAFA - Uniting American Families Act passes through Congress. A great big thanks from the Tan-Mercado family to Rep. Speier and her amazing staff as well as Sen. Feinstein and her staff, all of whom showed extraordinary care and diligence through the process. A special mention to the organizations that lent their support. Marriage Equality, Immigration Equality, Out4Immigration, Love Exiles and all the Media that remained so patient and supportive. Sen Boxer is sponsoring UAFA and we now hope that Sen. Feinstein will do the same as many many others are in as bad a predicament as  Shirley Tan has been. When I spoke to Jay today she was crying with joy and said the whole family including the boys were absolutely overwhelmed with emotion. The news was conveyed to her directly by Senator Feinstein’s office. It has been a long and arduous process and so a very special thank you goes to Attorney Phyllis Beech, San Francisco and Fresno."

More details on the legislation, which was proposed earlier this month, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I am so happy to hear that this issue was resolved!! Under the Bush Administration this would not have been possible! There's HOPE!!!

    Posted by: Steven | Apr 23, 2009 10:31:23 AM

  2. well good for her, it only took how long, but i can tell you this, if it was gay father his ass would be gone by now nothing would have been said, no blogger would blog about it.. I'm tired of the double standard there, just be she is woman. I say send the dyke back to were she came from....

    Posted by: whatever | Apr 23, 2009 10:46:59 AM


    Bitter much?

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 23, 2009 11:37:14 AM

  4. Right, WHATEVER, because if there's a double standard we all know it's this evil lesbian's fault . . .

    She shouldn't have to be going through this to begin with. If she were able to get married, and if that marriage had federal recognition, no one would have had to blog about this in the first place.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 23, 2009 11:59:31 AM

  5. Whatever - Go fuck yourself.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Apr 23, 2009 12:17:50 PM

  6. Great news for this family, not to take anything away, but as described it sounds like a Bill of Attainder. ?

    Posted by: JamesR | Apr 23, 2009 4:29:06 PM

  7. Hooray! What a joyous day for Shirley Tan, Jay Mercado, and their sons. To the Tan-Mercado family: we are celebrating with you!

    (PS to "Whatever": Yes - what Tralfaz said. And please use an implement sheathed in extra-coarse sandpaper, with no lubricant, to do so. Also, please revisit sixth grade English class. Thanks!)

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Apr 23, 2009 7:13:24 PM

  8. Thank you to towleroad for quoting me and referring to my blog. As NEW BLOGGER THE BOOST HAS BEEN GREAT. That said, it was a pleasure working with the Tan Mercado Family. I served as coordinator for the political endeavors in this case and was go between for all the legal counsel and orgnaizations that lent a hand.

    I would like to invite all your commentators, including the WHATEVER guy to read my blog and all the information that has been added to explain what went on, since my quote above. www.oblogdeeoblogda.wordpress.com

    This is the first time I have been subjected to "sexist" behavior by a gay man; and I very sorry for his misunderstanding of the fight for UAFA. It is a fight for all Lesbian and Gay people. Shirley Tan's case did not receive PB because she was lesbian - if you read the wording of the bill she had undergone enormous hardship. He mother and sister were murdered in front of her and she was beaten and received a bullet wound to her head.

    I ask the WHATEVER's of the world to refrain from their unproductive comments and to channel their anger and bitterness toward the activism required to bring good laws such as UAFA to passage.

    Posted by: Melanie Nathan | Apr 25, 2009 7:49:59 PM

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