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Petitioning Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Bring Separated and Exiled LGBT Couples Home for the Holidays!


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:

Letter to
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Secretary Napolitano,

Your colleague, Secretary Clinton, delivered a beautiful speech to the United Nations earlier this month. It lit the world on fire, and gave the global LGBT community home that the United States would lead the way in extending basic human rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Right this minute, thousands of binational couples are exiled and separated -- forced to make a horrifying choice between love and country. But you have the power to end that misery.

We urge you to issue humanitarian parole to the foreign partners of American citizens, so that these couples can come home for the holidays. We know that the United States has the potential to be a beacon of hope for the rest of the world on humanitarian issues -- we hope that you will take your place in history and be part of the movement to extend full human rights to LGBT individuals around the world!


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