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USA: Kerry Says Married Binational Same Sex Couples Officially Eligible for Visas

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

US Secretary of State John KerryIt’s official – binational same sex couples now have a way to avoid deportation once and for all. Just get married. The Advocate reports:

Following the lead of the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that the U.S. State Department will immediately begin offering visas to married same-sex couples in the same fashion it does to married opposite-sex couples. Kerry made the announcement at the U.S. Embassy in London Friday morning, citing the recent landmark rulings from the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality. “One of our most important exports by far is America’s belief in the equality of all people,” said Kerry. “Now, our history shows that we haven’t always gotten it right.”

It’s refreshing to see something so devastating to so many couples finally settled definitively in their favor, isn’t it?

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Massachusetts, USA: What Does GOP Senate Hopeful Michael Sullivan Really Believe About Marriage Equality?

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Massachusetts, USA: Passage From Landmark Marriage Equality Ruling Becomes Popular Wedding TextIn the race to fill Senator John Kerry’s seat after President Obama tapped him for Secretary of State, GOP candidate Michael Sullivan has gotten himself into hot water over the issue of marriage equality, WBUR reports:

First he was against it:

Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said Sullivan is out of touch with Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004. “One issue people in Massachusetts have decided is equal marriage rights for our gay and lesbian neighbors,” Walsh said. Sullivan said Wednesday he’s a “traditionalist” on marriage, believing it should be between a man and a woman.

Then he was sort-of for it, later the same afternoon:

Later Wednesday, Sullivan’s campaign issued a statement saying he believes the federal Defense of Marriage Act should be overturned. The act denies legally married gay couples a range of federal benefits available to married same-sex couples. “I believe DOMA should be reversed and the federal government should respect those states that recognize gay marriage by providing those couples with the same level of benefits,” Sullivan said in the statement.

Genuine change of heart, or blatant pandering? You decide.

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John Kerry Now Supports Marriage Equality

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

John KerrySeven years after a presidential campaign in which he threaded the needle by explaining his support for the gay rights revolution taking place in his home state while not supporting gay marriage himself, US Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has a declaration.

He now supports gay marriage.

Kerry didn’t reveal his change of position during a news conference, like he called last week in Boston to air his views about the federal debt negotiations.

He didn’t do so in a speech on the floor of the US Senate, like he delivered with evident pride last month after Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

Full Story from Boston.com

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Kerry Defends President Obama’s Stance on Marriage Equality

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

LGBT activists and allies have criticized President Obama for saying that he’s “evolving” on marriage equality. Senator John Kerry, however, sees nothing technically wrong with the commander-in-chief’s stance, and penned an op-ed in the Boston Globe explaining why:

“Pundits ask whether President Obama can afford to “change” his position on gay marriage. It’s a phony debate about a real issue.

“Marriage is deeply personal – our positions are based on unique combinations of reason, belief, and experience, not polling and politics.”

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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