A dozen same sex binational couples from New York — who, because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are not allowed green cards when they marry — dropped in on Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) Manhattan offices on January 15, 2013 to thank him for his support and ask him to make sure that the rights of LGBT Americans to sponsor their spouses for green cards is included in any immigration reform package.
The surprise visit was organized by the group Immigration Equality, which advocates for the immigration rights of LGBT people. Without either a change to immigration law or the end of DOMA, Americans with same sex spouses will remain without the right that heterosexual Americans enjoy to sponsor their spouses for green cards.
Adi Lavy and Tzila Levy, who led the group of couples who spoke with Schumer’s staff in the lobby after arriving at his office building, were married last year in New York after returning to the United States from Israel to seek media treatment for Lavy. Eduardo Garcia-Rolland, a Spanish national, married his husband Matthew Hochbrueckner six years ago after they met doing humanitarian work in the former Yugoslavia, then came to the United States to continue their work on humanitarian issues and are now raising a daughter. Both couples face separation because DOMA prevents the federal government from recognizing their marriages, which prevents them from obtaining green cards.
Watch video of the protest and the meeting below:
‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.