You have to listen to this speaker! Cleve Jones
This guy is awesome!
WW2 Vet speaks on gay marriage a must listen to
Representative Maureen Walsh Remarks on ESSB 6239, Washington gay marriage, what a lady!! my hats off to her!
To my soul mate, husband always Dragon Boy
I told you that we would be together once again in this country, I know you didn’t believe me and there were times when I had my doubts but I kept on fighting with the blog, being a pain in the butt with my senator and congressman and the white house, driving the right wing nuts crazy on all the blogs, but DOMA is gone! I still can’t believe it!
The last time I saw you face to face we were in that dinner having breakfast YOYO was in Goldie, and that bank called you back to that college town for an interview and we had to scramble to the airport and then for me that long drive home, I thought that I would see you soon, but little did I know I was going to get so sick in a few months that killed everything for me and for us. It’s been a hard road for both of us but it’s almost over with now.
It’s funny how things work out, I had called my brother in Colorado to tell him where I was working on beach 20th street where he was a life guard and he told me about DOMA being gone and he kept on reading from different blogs online to make sure, as he was reading there were tears in my eyes and I couldn’t think right all I could think about was texting you to see if you heard the news and to start planning on coming home.
We have been throw a rough road living 12 hours away from each other and all we had were texting, Skype, you trying to get by and me still trying to put my life back on track. But I also thought of you and there were smiles on my face. No matter how sick I was to just hear your voice every day made me strong enough to get better the joy that you brought me.
It’s been a different kind of road that we traveled, living together for 4 ½ years here on the island, and then being so screwed over by the embassy in KL, but we always stayed together, we were always in our hearts, I never gave up with the dream of finally being able to get a house with you, and growing old with you.
Dragon boy get all the paper work together, you know what you have to do and I know what I have to do, soon you will be back on the street that you left from and driving your car again. Also lots of apples lolololol Since September 11 2001 that’s when you moved in that Saturday after
To my husband always Dragon Boy!
Fiance/e Visas — Procedural Steps
Fiancé Visas — Procedural Steps this is the link to see as of right now the hops that you will have to jump throw to get your husband or wife’s a visa into he country.
Once again I’m going to tell everyone to go get a lawyer where ever you are at lest have them fill in the paper work. Now remember if something goes wrong you can contact your congressman and senator for help if the embassy or immigrations gives you a hard time. Remember we are not second class citizens anyone in the Federal eyes.
Well it’s gone, well almost anther 60 to 90 days and its gone part of American bad history is gone and I’m talking about DOMA. Soon you will be able to sponsor your loved ones into the country, soon you Americans that are in exile will be able to come home with your loved ones.
But the work isn’t over yet there is still a hand full of rethuglians and republicans and tea party baggers along with bible thumpers that aren’t going down easy, so it’s still up to all of us to get rid of all republicans in office and make sure they stay out of office.
So what to do now, everyone get all your paper work together, contact your lawyers and find out what you will need to be able to file for that visa. It’s not going to be cheap, but it’s so well worth it!
WE WON! THE EVIL LAW IS GONE.
we aren’t in the bill!
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan “gang of eight” immigration bill on Tuesday in a 13 to 5 vote after a marathon final day of markup that stretched into the evening.
All Democrats on the committee, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and gang of eight Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), voted in favor of the bill, which will now go to the Senate floor. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who voted against the bill out of committee, said he would support allowing it to move forward for debate — rather than joining a filibuster — once on the Senate floor. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who was also a “no” vote, said if it had been between his vote and moving the bill to the Senate floor, he would have voted in favor. Read full story!
If the current Senate immigration stays as is, 36,000 same-sex binational couples will continue to have to make the horrible choice between the country they love and the person they love, because there is currently no way for gay people to migrate to the U.S. to be with their long-term partners.
Gay people were purposely excluded from the Senate immigration bill because the “Gang of Eight” who wrote it, which Sen. Schumer is a part of, did not want to lose the support of the religious right. Now, with the bill moving through the Senate Judiciary Committee, we have a chance to amend the bill.
Sen. Pat Leahy has filed an amendment to include LGBT families in immigration reform that could be voted on any day now. Every single Democrat on the Judiciary Committee has to vote yes for the amendment to stand a chance.
We need at least 15,000 people to tell Sen. Chuck Schumer, the leading Democrat on the “Gang of Eight,” to publicly support the inclusion of LGBT families so that we can do an in-person delivery and force him to give us an answer that will take away any excuse for any of the other Democrats to vote against this. Can you sign and share to help us get there?
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — President Barack Obama says he supports recognizing gay unions in a broad immigration bill pending in Congress but won’t say whether he would sign legislation that fails to do so.
Obama says that recognizing same-sex relationships in the bill is “the right thing to do.” But he says it would be premature to telegraph what he will or won’t do before lawmakers send him a bill.
Gay rights supporters are pushing for an amendment to the bill to allow gays to sponsor their partners to come to the U.S.
But Republicans, including some who helped draft the bill, have made it clear that amending the legislation in that fashion would cost their support.
Obama commented at a news conference Friday evening in San Jose, Costa Rica, with President Laura Chinchilla.
Ok people take to yru e-mails and start wrighting your congressman and tell him yu want us in the bill
Ok the president said””” We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.””””
“”””Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well”””
Now it’s your turn to take action, write your congressman, write your senator, write the white house not just once but ever since day, every single week! Let your voice be heard loud and clear you want your right to marry who you want to marry! Tell the republican stooges you want your rights as American citizens, as tax payers you want to be able to marry who you want!
What are you waiting for!
Ok people, we now have a president in office that will sign a bill for gay marriage now, we have the Dems that say they are for gay marriage, we have the support of more than half the American people, and we have the younger voters that don’t understand what the big deal is about gay marriage. Plus 9 more states either have gay marriage or civil unions with the last election our time is coming! But, But, But the war isn’t over, yes we are in a war a war that we must win and win before the next election comes!!!!!! I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE THIS POINT ACROSS TO YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE! It’s up to every single gay, BI and transgender person to get this law on the books and to get DOMA ripped out of our lives once and for all.
We all have a second job, it’s an easy job but a job that everyone must do, every day you have to write your congressman, write you senators and ask for gay marriage, no let me put that a different way we must demand our rights demand gay marriage once and for all!! No matter what cracker you have for a congressman or senator no matter what bigot you have for a senator or congressman, no matter if you live in the deep south or in the north, you must e-mail, e-mail, and e-mail, call and call and call till the fat cats in Washington DC get off their butts and do something. We have to make our voices louder than the right wing nuts, louder than the right wing congressman and senators that listen to the bible thumping inbreed bigots.
Did I leave out the white house; write the president let him know how you feel all American citizens can write it’s your right as citizens to demand change. So what are you waiting for, for someone else to do your job, take that 5 minutes from watching porn or skyping your friends work for a change, DO IT NOW!
There are over 1100 people come to this site every day, that could be 1100 e-mails sent out or phone calls, what are you waiting for!
The elections are coming soon
Hi everyone just wanted to remind everyone to get out and vote if you are an American citizen. This is going to be the biggest elections for gay rights that has ever been! One side you have Obama that will sign gay friendly bills into law and not try to take away any or all of the rights that we have. On the other hand we have a Bigot, bully, backward thinking man called Mitt Romney running to try and get into the white house. Remember if this jerk gets into office he will try to take away your rights, he supports a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a men and women he doesn’t even feel that we should be able to adopt a kid, he feels that every child deserves a father and mother. He doesn’t care that a kid could be in foster care or in the streets because they are gay. He at first didn’t want anything to do about the dream act and didn’t support it, but he flip flopped on that he likes the idea now. Let’s not forget how he kind of flip flopped and said” if my grand kids turn out gay I would do whatever it would take to make sure they are happy”
So people if you want to keep your rights, if you want gay marriage, if you want to keep your health care, if you are a woman and you’re your rights to your body, then you know you have to vote for Obama and not that bigot Mitt.
DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Appeals Court In New York
By LARRY NEUMEISTER by AP from Hufftonpost
NEW YORK — A divided federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Thursday as unconstitutional, joining an appeals court in Boston in rejecting the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case in the next year.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its 2-to-1 ruling only weeks after hearing arguments on a lower court judge’s findings that the 1996 law was unconstitutional.
The majority opinion written by Judge Dennis Jacobs rejected a section of the law that says “marriage” only means a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife and that the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. A federal appeals court in Boston earlier this year also found it unconstitutional.
The issue is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court. The decision came less than a month after the court heard arguments on Sept. 27.
Lawyer Paul Clement, who had argued in support of the law on behalf of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives, was traveling and did not immediately return a message for comment.
James Esseks, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the ruling “a watershed moment in the legal movement for lesbian and gay rights.”
“It’s fabulous news for same-sex couples in New York and other states,” he said.
Esseks said the 2nd Circuit went farther than the appeals court in Boston by saying that when the government discriminates against gay people, the courts will presume that the discrimination is unconstitutional.
In striking down the law, the Jacobs wrote that the law’s “classification of same-sex spouses was not substantially related to an important government interest” and thus violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
He said the law was written so broadly that it touches more than a thousand federal laws. He said “homosexuals are not in a position to adequately protect themselves from the discriminatory wishes of the majoritarian public.”
He rejected arguments that the definition of marriage was traditional.
“Even if preserving tradition were in itself an important goal, DOMA is not a means to achieve it,” he said.
Judge Chester Straub dissented, saying that if the government was to change its understanding of marriage, “I believe it is for the American people to do so.”
“Courts should not intervene where there is a robust political debate because doing so poisons the political well, imposing a destructive anti-majoritarian constitutional ruling on a vigorous debate,” he said.
The ruling came in a case brought by Edith Windsor. She sued the government in November 2010 because she was told to pay $363,053 in federal estate tax after her partner of 44 years, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. They had married in Canada in 2007.
The law, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and affirms the right of states to refuse to recognize such marriages, was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton after it appeared in 1993 that Hawaii might legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have banned gay marriage but several have approved it, including Massachusetts and New York.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gay Marriage Likely To Go Before Supreme Court Within The Next Year
By KRISTEN WYATT
BOULDER, Colo. — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday that she believes the Defense of Marriage Act will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court within the next year.
Ginsburg spoke at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was asked a student-submitted question about the equal-protection clause and whether the nation’s high court would consider it applying to sexual orientation.
Ginsburg said with a smile that she couldn’t answer the question. She said she could not talk about matters that would come to the court, and that the Defense of Marriage Act would probably be up soon.
“I think it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term,” she said.
The 1996 law has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in New York and is awaiting arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Those oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 27.
The law was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton after the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a ruling in 1993 making it appear Hawaii might legalize gay marriage.
Since then, many states have banned gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004 and continuing with Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland and Washington state. Maryland and Washington’s laws aren’t yet in effect and might be subject to referendums.
In February 2011, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
Ginsburg’s remarks came at a conference sponsored by the University of Colorado law school. Ginsburg talked mostly about entering the legal profession when there were few female lawyers and even fewer judges.
Gay Veteran Steals the Show at Romney Endorsement Event
Emily Friedman abc news
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Mitt Romney had an uncomfortable exchange over same-sex marriage with a gay veteran having breakfast in New Hampshire this morning.
At an event that was meant to highlight the endorsement of Romney by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, veteran Bob Garon of Ebson, N.H., asked the presidential candidate, who stopped by his breakfast table, whether he supports the repeal of the New Hampshire same-sex marriage law.
A Republican-controlled legislature has moved toward repealing the law, enacted in 2009 when Democrats controlled the legislature. A vote could come next month.
Romney told Garon, who was chowing down on his everyday staple of scrambled eggs and shaved ham at the restaurant Chez Vachon, that he supports a repeal of the same-sex marriage law, prompting an emotional exchange.
“I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman,” Romney said, joining Garon in the diner booth after shaking hands with several other patrons.
Garon responded, clarifying that what that meant was that if Romney is elected he would not support any legislation that would change the law so that gay servicemen would get the same benefits as heterosexual couples.
“I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” Romney said. “We apparently disagree on that.”
“It’s good to know how you feel, that you do not believe everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights,” the 63-year-old New Hampshire resident responded.
“No, actually I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear marriage was between a man and a woman,” Romney said, just as one of his campaign aides chimed in that they had “to get going” to another Fox interview.
“Oh, I guess the question was too hot,” Garon quipped to Romney and his aide.
“No, I gave you the answer, you said you had a yes or no answer and I gave you the answer,” Romney said, turning back to face Garon.
We all know that Mitt Romney is a bigot, and this video just shows how this jerk water guy can look you in the eye and still talk anti gay bull to a gay veteran, you want this pig as your president?
Would Romney Reinstate DADT?
Two disturbing pieces of information emerged recently which, when considered together, suggest that Governor Mitt Romney may have plans to try to undo the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) if elected President, but that he doesn’t want to say so during the campaign.
First, Lila Shapiro, a reporter at Huffington Post, told me this week that she has approached the Romney campaign “on multiple occasions” to ask questions about gay rights issues, and that the campaign has not answered a single question. Once, the campaign said in response to her query that it would get back to her, but it did not do so. It seems pretty clear that the campaign doesn’t want to talk about gay rights issues, and hopes that reporters won’t press too hard.
Second, the GOP recently changed its platform in a way that seems benign, but which may be far from innocuous. In the previous version of its platform, the GOP said that homosexuality was incompatible with military service. In the new version, the GOP “reject[s] the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation” and says that the Republicans “will conduct an objective review of the current administration’s management of military personnel and will correct any problems with appropriate administrative or legal action.” At first glance, that seems like a change for the better, and some gay rights groups are hailing the shift as a sign of moderation .
But I’m not so sure.
When Congress authorized DADT repeal in 2010, there were not enough votes to pass a bill that would force the Pentagon to treat gay and lesbian troops equally. As a result, Congress passed compromise legislation that repealed DADT but which, rather than requiring the military to adopt a nondiscrimination policy, told the Pentagon to write its own rules. As a result, policy regarding gay and lesbian troops is now spelled out in Defense Department regulations, not Congressional statute. And this means that a future administration could reinstate discrimination by re-writing the rules.
I supported the compromise because there were not enough votes in Congress to pass a stronger version of the repeal bill, and I believed that if Congress didn’t do something while Democrats still controlled both houses, DADT could remain law for a long time. In addition, I believed that even if a future President had legal authority to undo repeal, it would be politically difficult to do so because roughly 70 percent of the public, including a majority of Republicans, believed that gay and lesbian troops should be allowed to serve openly. Finally, I believed that once DADT was repealed, the military itself would resist revisiting the policy.
All that said, it is disheartening to learn that the GOP now says that the military should not be used for social experimentation, because that has always been code for an endorsement of discrimination. And it is equally troubling that the GOP intends to look at military personnel policy and use administrative means to address “problems,” because that could very well be code for a plan to bring back discrimination.
It may also be instructive to remember that during the presidential primaries, Governor Romney indicated that he supported DADT, and that after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the ban should be lifted, Romney countered that, “it should have been kept in place.”
If it is not true that the GOP plans to repeal the repeal, and given that Governor Romney is trying to appeal to moderate swing voters at this point in the campaign, there should be no reason for him to duck questions about DADT. In light of all this, I have three questions for him: (1) Do you believe the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff when he says that DADT repeal is proceeding smoothly? (2) Do you plan to consider repealing or modifying DADT repeal? (3) If objective research confirms that repeal has not harmed the armed forces, would you accept the results of that research?
I hope reporters are not lulled into complacency on this issue.
We all know the answer to this question and the answer is yes this bigot is going to try and get rid of all of our rights, that s why we need to get out and vote and vote this night mare mitt the bigot out on his butt and let him go back under the rock he came from!!
DOMA Targeted By Democrats As More Than 100 House Members File Brief Against Law
posted on the Huffpost Gay Voices
More than 100 House Democrats filed a new amicus brief in the federal case against the Defense of Marriage Act on Friday, according to a statement issued by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Here’s an excerpt of the release:
Washington D.C. – Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congressman John Conyers, Congressman Barney Frank, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Jared Polis, Congressman David N. Cicilline and other House Democrats filed an Amicus Brief in the case of Edith Schlain Windsor v. United States of America.
Pelosi, Nadler and 143 other House Members filed the brief today in this landmark case, which has reached the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit following a U.S. District Court ruling that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Last year, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder reached the same conclusion and announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the law in certain court cases. By a divided 3-2 vote of the House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) with Pelosi and Hoyer strongly objecting, Speaker John Boehner hired outside lawyers to defend DOMA in court at considerable taxpayer expense.
Edith “Edie” Windsor, 83, a constituent of Rep. Nadler’s in New York City, challenged DOMA in court after the federal government taxed her more than $363,000 when her spouse, Thea Spyer, passed away in 2009. Edie and Thea first met in 1963 and married in 2007 after an engagement that lasted more than 40 years. Yet, when Thea died, the federal government treated them as complete strangers because of DOMA, significantly reducing Edie’s inheritance by depriving her of the marital deduction that otherwise allows a married couple to pass property to the surviving spouse without tax penalty.
Meanwhile, House Republicans are still standing behind the measure. HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery reported last month:
[House Majority Whip Kevin] McCarthy, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have been defending the federal ban on same-sex marriage since March 2011, when Attorney General Eric Holder deemed it unconstitutional and stopped defending it. They hired outside counsel to defend the law on behalf of the House of Representatives and, so far, have spent at least $742,000 doing so. But as of Tuesday, they marked their fifth consecutive loss in federal court when a Connecticut judge threw out the law as unconstitutional.
Expedia Supports Gay Marriage In Washington State
from the huffpost
Popular online travel company Expedia has joined an ever-growing list of corporations expressing support for marriage equality in Washington state.
Bellevue Patch reports that the site, which is based in Bellevue, Wash., announced it would back Referendum 74, which could effectively affirm the legislatively backed law legalizing same-sex marriage. That referendum will be on the ballot in November.
Expedia President Dara Khosrowshahi detailed the company’s stance in a statement:
“We strive to actively promote equality in our workplace and are committed to treating one another with respect and dignity. Part of our overall diversity efforts is providing a supportive environment for our LGBT employees.
Today, we add our voice to the topic of marriage equality. We thoughtfully engage in this public discussion because it has a significant impact on our employees, customers, and partners, all with whom we interact daily. Supporting the legislation recently passed in Washington State –- which provides same-sex couples with the same right to civil marriage that opposite-sex couples already enjoy –- is a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to the LGBT community.”
Democrats Approve Marriage Equality Platform
BY Julie Bolcer. September 04 2012 posted on the Advocate
The Democratic Party made history at its national convention Tuesday when it became the first major American political party to endorse marriage equality in its platform, drawing a sharp contrast with the Republican Party’s official stance on the issue.
Delegates approved the platform with its explicit mention of “marriage equality” by voice vote on the floor of the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina shortly after 6 p.m. The move was preceded by a rousing speech from platform committee chair Newark Mayor Cory Booker that brought the crowd to its feet.
Advocates who pressed for the inclusion of the plank praised the final vote. The voice affirmation marked the culmination of a process that turned high profile earlier this year when Freedom to Marry launched the Democrats: Say I Do campaign in February. The advocacy also included two rounds of testimony from groups at the draft platform and platform committee meetings this summer.
For a very long time I have been fighting to get us our right to marry, the main force of this blog, but also immigration rights to both go hand and in hand. Each speaker said something about gay marriage, all speakers said something about gay people being able to openly serve and be themselves. It really does show the difference in both parties, the Dems. Are for all the American people even the Dreamers when the republican party animals are against the poor, middle class, gay rights, and the dreamers. Get out and vote show the haters, go back under your rock and stay they.
Poland to Introduce Civil Partnership Law
BY Sunnivie Brydum. on the Advocate
The Roman Catholic country’s ruling center-right party is set to propose legislation creating civil partnerships for same-sex couples.
The center-right ruling party in Poland, Platforma Obywatelska, is planning to introduce a law recognizing civil partnerships for same-sex couples, reports GayStarNews. The proposed legislation would offer many of the same legal rights to same-sex couples afforded by marriage, including inheritance, pension funds, notary and medical rights. Notably lacking from the bill, however, are adoption, citizenship rights, and joint tax benefits.
Bill author Arthur Dunin told a Polish radio station that his bill is in fact quite conservative. “It is very important for us [as a party] to reach marriage on a pedestal,” Dunin told Radio One. “There is no way to equate marriage with an affiliate.”
A lot should be going throw every gay persons mind when you see news about another country going to offer gay marriage or gay civil unions. It should get your blood boiling to the point where you get off your butt and call your congressman and demand this country get gay marriage! Now on the line up to get gay marriage is Scotland, New Zealand, France and Taiwan had its first openly gay marriage. The rest of the world is moving forward for gay rights but this country is slipping back to1950 or earlier. You can thank the republican party that is controlled by the church and big business, come help get all the bigots out of office in NOV.
New Zealand Gay Marriage: 1st Stage Of New Law Passed
By NICK PERRY 08/29/12 10:59 AM ET from AP
posted on huffing posted
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly cast a first vote in favor of a gay marriage bill that was given impetus by President Barack Obama’s public support of the issue.
The 80 to 40 vote in front of a packed and cheering public gallery was the first of three votes Parliament must hold before the bill can become law, a process that typically takes several months and allows the public to weigh in. Only a simple majority was needed to ensure a second vote, and the margin is a strong indication that the bill will be passed.
Should New Zealand pass the measure into law, it would become the 12th country since 2001 to recognize same-sex marriage. Some states in the U.S. also recognize such marriages, but the federal government does not.
Polls indicate about two-thirds of New Zealanders support gay marriage. It also has the support of most of the country’s political leaders.
Good way to go! Here is anther slap in the face to all you republican rethuglians, oh don’t want to leave out slapping the church! The rest of the world is moving forward with gay rights and gay marriage and the republican party is making this country slide backward. Get out and vote in NOV.!!!!!!
Maternity Leave For Father: Brazil Government Grants Gay Man 4-Month Paid Parenting Leave
30/12 05:20 PM ET from AP posted on huffing post
SAO PAULO — Brazil’s social security agency has for the first time granted a four-month “maternity” leave for a man in a civil union with another man.
Lucimar da Silva asked for the leave two years ago when he and his partner adopted a child.
Brazilian law mandates that companies provide a four-month paid leave from work for a mother and five days paid leave for a father.
Silva argued it would be discriminatory to deny him the longer leave, noting the social security agency has already approved the four-month benefit for same-sex couples in which the partners are women.
An agency statement Thursday says the decision for da Silva does not set a legal precedent. It says all-male couples with adopted children will have to individually petition for the four-month leave.
When is this country the USA going to grow up and give us our rights for gay marriage and full rights for gay immigration, when other countries are moving forward this country is sliding backward because of the republicans hate stand on gay rights! You wonder if it’s worth it to stay in this country! Get out and vote in NOV.