We Will Work With Obama

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Love Exiles in Amsterdam say “We will work with Obama for GLBT rights in the US”

For more information and for interviews: Martha McDevitt-Pugh +31-6-21504249, http://www.loveexiles.nl, exiles@xs4all.nl (Amsterdam)

Amsterdam, 16 November 2008.

On November 15th, hundreds of rallies and marches were held in all 50 states of the US and internationally to protest Prop 8 and remind the new US leadership to keep their promise to support immigration rights for same-sex couples.

In Amsterdam 60 people rallied at the Homomonument, a beautiful piece of city architecture dedicated to gay rights, to add their voices to the angry crowds gathering throughout the US.
Last week the United States elected a new president who supports civil unions, repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and full equality for gays and lesbians.

That same day, 52% of California voters supported Proposition 8, an initiative funded by churches which alters the state’s constitution to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry and protect their families. The marriages of 18,000 California citizens are in limbo. Rights granted by the courts and backed twice by the legislature, and now supported by the governor, have been taken away.

Eliminating rights of a minority group by writing discrimination into a state constitution is unprecedented. “Churches and their members spending millions to buy themselves part of the constitution sends shivers down my spine,” says rally organizer Martha McDevitt-Pugh, founder of the Love Exiles Foundation. “Here in the Netherlands and other countries that respect the right of all loving couples to live together legally and in peace, are many thousands of US citizens who have left their homes to be with foreign same-sex partners. Ask any gay or lesbian American why they live in the Netherlands. For many if not most, it’s because they can’t sponsor their partner for a green card.”

While in the Netherlands and most European countries foreign partners of gays and lesbians have some immigration rights based on their relationship, the opposite is true in the USA. Americans with a relationship with a foreigner cannot sponsor their same-sex partner for immigration purposes. They have to choose between leaving their country or having a long distance relationship.

“Love a foreigner, leave the country, has been the reality for gays and lesbians throughout the Bush years,” she added.

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With is a new leadership in Washington that supports civil unions – including immigration rights – for same-sex couples, the Love Exiles Foundation looks forward to working with Obama to rebuild the broken rights – and broken hearts – of gays, lesbians and transgenders in the United States.

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~ by Thom on November 17, 2008.

One Response to “We Will Work With Obama”

  1. Hey, nice photo! 😉 Keep up the good fight, guys.

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