Saturday, August 11, 2007

Welcome to America

Welcome to America. A journalist from England came to LA for a story and was arrested for not knowing she now needed a special visa. This is the way we treat visitors from allied nations these days.

Wrongly deported to Mexico, a developmentally disabled man is found safe weeks later. Did they even try to find out his nationality? Or is it just illegal to be brown these days?

Another horror story about gays with no rights. After 25 years together, one partner became disabled, and custody was awarded to his parents, who will not let the other partner even visit, much less participate in his care. Anyone in a committed relationship without the benefit of marriage needs to anticipate all scenarios and get their ducks in a row legally. Of course, marriage would take care of all these piecemeal legalities, but until then, you must protect yourself.

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