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LGBT Groups Call on White House to Grant 'Humanitarian Holiday Parole' to Exiled Binational Gay Couples: VIDEO


Jesse, an American citizen from New York, and Max, his partner of more than 10 years who is a citizen of Argentina, are currently living in exile in London due to Jesse's inability to sponsor Max for a green card because of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Jesse, a born-and-bred New Yorker, has been forced to live thousands of miles from his parents and sister year after year, missing every holiday and family celebration.

Jesse and Max are in a new holiday campaign from several LGBT organizations highlighting the inequality faced by binational LGBT couples. They write, in a press release:

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.


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  1. President Obama: Tear down this wall!

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 19, 2011 2:53:19 PM

  2. This is a serious issue for those of us (yes me) who have been flying over and back for years and years without any choice in the matter and we have had to keep shut about it.......because of fear of the immigration officers.
    Some of us would even be an asset to US least I think so !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 19, 2011 2:58:43 PM

  3. What can we do to help? Has an online campaign been started?

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 19, 2011 3:17:17 PM

  4. Very sad/tough to be so far from family. But as a side note, there are better places to live than the US - London being one of them. I think in all these stories living in the US is often glorified, but it really isn't all that great. If the Fed is not moving on Immigration reform, come to Europe where they accommodate gay couples better.

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 19, 2011 3:40:51 PM

  5. @Alex: unfortunately it's not that simple these days to just come to Europe, without there already being some connection to a European country, e.g. having a partner who is a citizen of one of the more progressive countries. Anyway as US citizens, the point is that we should not be forced to live in exile to be with our partners. I'm not certain if a humanitarian holiday parole will do anything for our longterm prospects. DOMA needs to be struck down, or the Uniting American Families Act has to be passed in Congress (very unlikely with this right wing bunch!).

    Posted by: Albert | Dec 19, 2011 6:06:43 PM

  6. The purposes and goals of the Immigration and Customs enforcement agency are to KEEP PEOPLE OUT of The UNTIED STATES. The very idea that they should do something to actually help couples to be together goes against their core mission. The immigration laws and services of the United States are among the most cruel and vicious of all government agencies. When I look at what these laws and policies do the US citizens and their loved ones, it makes me ashamed to be an American.

    Posted by: RWG | Dec 19, 2011 7:22:48 PM

  7. As part of a bi-national gay couple I can only say : this is a huge issue for us....Can't wait for some justice on this front...

    Posted by: George F | Dec 19, 2011 11:29:24 PM

  8. I have given up on America and moved to Mexico which is my partner's home country. We have been married here and I am in the process of being granted Mexican citizenship. Mexico is actually more progressive than USA, imagine that!

    Posted by: Terry | Dec 20, 2011 9:39:14 AM

  9. The online campaign is at Please sign the petition there to Secretary Napolitano, urging her to bring couples like Jesse and Max home for the holidays!!

    Posted by: Heather | Dec 20, 2011 10:14:25 AM

  10. I wish them luck! And Jesus H. Christ, could they be any more beautiful?

    Posted by: James | Dec 20, 2011 7:39:23 PM

  11. This is a huge issue for my partner and I as well. I am currently residing in his country in the Middle East,hardly ideal and very likely no longer possible in the near future.

    Posted by: David | Dec 21, 2011 8:02:06 AM

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