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Obama Administration Issues Written Guidance to Immigration Officials Regarding Same-Sex Relationships

As promised, the Obama administration has issued written guidelines to immigration officials whose job it is to determine whether to exercise prosecutorial discretion in potential deportation cases regarding same-sex relationships. The guidelines indicate three criteria, the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson reports:

DhsThe guidance offers three criteria for immigration personnel as they determine whether a same-sex relationship would “rise to the level of a ‘family relationship’”:

Same-sex relationships that rise to the level of “family relationships” are long-term, same-sex relationships in which the individuals

• are each other’s sole domestic partner and intend to remain so indefinitely;

• are not in a marital or other domestic relationship with anyone else; and typically maintain a common residence

• and share financial obligations and assets.

The guidance, dated October 5, can be downloaded HERE.

Writes Lavi Soloway of Stop the Deportations, in a statement:

We are grateful that the Obama administration has finally issued written guidelines that bi-national same-sex couples can invoke when fighting deportations in court. Our law firm, Masliah & Soloway, as part of this pro bono campaign, continues to represent numerous same-sex couples in immigration courts around the country who are facing imminent deportation, and, thanks to this document, we can help many more couples from being torn apart.

Full statement here.

Congressman Rush Holt Calls on Janet Napolitano to Stop Deportations Involving Married Same-Sex Binational Couples

For the first time since the administration changed its tune on DOMA, a Congressman has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resolve the deportation case of his constituents and halt deportations of gay and lesbian binational couples.

Vndiver_holt Congressman Rush Holt sent a letter to Napolitano last week urging her to take action on the case of Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia (pictured, right, with Holt, center), who have been fighting deportation since 2009 and working as advocates for the campaign to help other binational same-sex couples in similar situations.

Writes Stop the Deportations:

In the letter, Holt writes that their case "illustrates the injustice and unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act" and notes that "our immigration policies must work to unite families, not rip them apart." As the Congressman notes, Josh and Henry were lawfully married in the state of Connecticut, but because of DOMA Josh is prevented from petitioning Henry for a green card. In fact, Josh did file an alien relative petition for Henry earlier this year, and that petition was denied. Henry faces a final deportation hearing on May 6. On that day an Immigration Judge in Newark, New Jersey will decide whether Henry will be deported to Venezuela.

Holt asks for a suspension of all deportations involving same-sex married binational couples until legal questions regarding DOMA have been settled.

Read his letter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Janet Napolitano Tells Walmart Shoppers to Look for 'Suspicious' Activity in Video to Air at Checkout Counter


If you see something suspicious in the parking lot or in the store, say something immediately. Report suspicious activity to your local police or sheriff. If you need help, ask a Walmart manager for assistance," says Janet Napolitano in a new DHS video:

"It's part of a new Department of Homeland Security program that could see Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's face on video screens in malls, retail outlets and hotels across the United States. The Walmart video, which will soon be launched at 230 locations nationwide and may eventually be expanded to nearly 600 locations in 27 states, features Napolitano thanking the retailer by name for participating in the program."


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ABC News Pushes Drudge's Gay-Baiting of Janet Napolitano


Remember when Matt Drudge was gay-baiting Janet Napolitano back in January?

Well, as the Huffington Post notes, ABC News is now pushing Drudge's suggestion that Janet Napolitano's leadership is questionable because she's allegedly a lesbian.

Writes Devin Dwyer in the lede of an article about Napolitano: "The former Arizona governor, dubbed 'Big Sis' by one conservative blogger, oversees more than 188,000 civilian employees, 200,000 contractors and an amalgam of 20 subagencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration."


Drudge Gay-Baits Janet Napolitano


Writes Andrew Sullivan: "Isn't outing people something Drudge might want to avoid?"

Homeland Sec'y Janet Napolitano Refuses to Deny Lesbian Rumors [tr]

News: Meghan McCain, India, Alan Cumming, Joe Solmonese, Boyzone


Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese suggests that the time frame in his 2017 letter can be seen as a "narrow window" in the scope of the gay rights movement.



Straight Italian couple sues cruise company after showing up for their vacation to discover they were departing on Italy's first gay cruise: "My clients were also left embarrassed because among the passengers were people they knew and had no idea that were gay, which was uncomfortable for all parties."


Gay Al is feeling tender.


Iowa NAACP President announces support for anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.


Report: Iran hanged a man last week for gay sodomy.


Gay activists plan kiss-in at Fort Worth Stockyards: "The kissing booth will be on Exchange Street, right in the heart of the Stockyards and its bound to stir up controversy. In fact, one old cowboy has been quoted as warning gays that if they are not careful, they might be in for a whuppin'."


Dan Savage has never slept with Janet Napolitano.


A Spice Girls musical?


Gus van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis collaborating on film adaptation of Vanity Fair article "The Golden Suicides".


Gujarat state in India becomes home to the country's first elderly home for gay men: "The brainchild of Manvendra Singh Gohil, popularly known as India's gay prince, the project will be ready to accommodate elderly homosexuals by the end of the year. Manvendra Singh Gohil says, 'We will offer food, drinks and medical facilities for the people staying here, it will be their home.' The Rs 25-crore project will be home to 50 elderly gay men to start with. Requests for accommodation have already started trickling in."



Alan Cumming in new photo shoot from David LaChapelle.


Gecko madness!


Boyzone to hold Stephen Gately vigil on night before the funeral: "Grieving Boyzone bandmates plan to stay in the church with Stephen Gately's body the night before his funeral. Ronan Keating, 32, Mikey Graham, 37, Shane Lynch, 33, and Keith Duffy, 35, have taken the decision because Gately 'would not want to be there on his own', a source close to the group revealed."


No! Mia Michaels quits So You Think You Can Dance.


Passerby mistakenly frees female killer of London gay man: "Police are looking for three young people including two blonde teenagers who were caught on CCTV arguing with Baynham and his 30-year-old companion. The victim's friend grabbed one of the girls, receiving cuts and bruises in the process, but the girl was freed by members of the public who wrongly thought she was being assaulted, said Detective Chief Inspector Clive Heys, who is leading the inquiry."


Britney Spears shoots video for new single "3".



Meghan McCain creates Twitter furor with cleavage photo.


Muslim football team kicked out of league for refusing to play gay team.


Congressman Jerrold Nadler: Repeal DOMA now.


Lesbian says she was the victim of a hate crime at the National Equality March.


Bishop Gene Robinson will be appearing tonight at an event in Portland, Maine: "Join us for an evening of edification and education as we gather to worship God and to hear the words of the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine, Rev. Ann Fowler, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, and Integrity Maine"


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