• Petitioned Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Bring Separated and Exiled LGBT Couples Home for the Holidays!

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      GetEQUAL

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an incredibly powerful speech to the United Nations, urging the global community to recognize LGBT rights as human rights. However, the United States has fallen short in that charge. Binational couples like Jesse and Max are living in exile, waiting for Jesse's home country -- the United States -- to welcome them back with open arms.

Secretary Clinton's speech was powerful -- and there is an immediate solution to the problem that thousands of binational LGBT couples are facing.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano could make Secretary Clinton's words a reality by issuing "humanitarian parole" to these couples -- bringing them out of exile and permitting them to live together freely in the United States. This isn't a long-term solution, and we'll continue calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- but in the meantime, we're fighting for couples like Jesse and Max to be able to rejoin their families in time for the holiday season.

Sign the petition below, urging Secretary Napolitano to bring these couples home for the holidays -- and to make the words of Secretary Clinton more than just a beautiful speech!

You can see the "Bring Them Home" video featuring Jesse, Max, and several other binational gay and lesbian couples here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9faaavqY0Vk.

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      Hey, everyone -- thank you so much for signing the petition to help out Jesse, Max, and thousands of other couples who are separated or exiled due to discriminatory U.S. policies. We're working on building some press coverage of this story, but we need your help to keep building the signatures!

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      Many, many thanks!

      -Heather and the GetEQUAL crew

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