Regarding the statements made by Richard E. Baer, I must agree with his statements on allowing married partners the opportunity to be together instead of having to wait for 10 years of paperwork and red tape. I would also like to point out to the many reading ILW.COM that the US immigration policies do not apply to anyone that is of the same sex. Because marriage between same-sex partners does not fit the bill of the Religious right, and apparently the US government, these families are torn apart at a much greater rate than those of male/female unions. Regardless of the views of any person, when one is torn from those they love - because of outdated policy and small minds in government - it causes great strain on a great many people. If indeed the new immigration system were to include a points system like the Canadian model, they could also include something that resembles fairness and dignity for gays and lesbians as the Canadian system does. Although this is a liberal policy, many same-sex couples have managed to immigrate to Canada and have been re-united by a country that is more accepting and willing to take into consideration that not all families have a "Mom and Dad". Canada and 9 other countries have managed to make it into the new millenium, now the world waits for the US to catch up and acknowledge that same-sex couples are just as valid as opposite sex couples.
G. A. Wilson
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