When I spoke to Jay today she was crying with joy and said the whole family including the boys were absolutely overwhelmed with emotion. The news was conveyed to her directly by Senator Feinstein’s office. It has been a long and arduous process and so a very special thank you goes to Attorney Phyllis Beech, San Francisco and Fresno. I will write more later - but now I have to call and tell everyone the good news.The gay blog Lezgetreal also reported on the story, as did Queerty. Nathan's blog post went on to say:
This is unbelievably miraculous and indeed an extraordinary measure on behalf of the family. This also gives all our wonderful activists, LGBT organizations, and community supporters an opportunity to hit the streets, the phones, the faxes, the e-mails, the blogs etc. and to fight like crazy for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) - in truth the only real long term option for Shirley and the 40,000 other couples/families in this dire situation.The Uniting American Families Act, which was reintroduced in Congress earlier this year, would allow a gay, lesbian or bi person to sponsor a partner for permanent U.S. residency. GLAAD continues to partner with the organization Immigration Equality to shine a light on the estimated 37,000 couples in this country that face choosing between their country and the person they love. Media played a big role in highlighting the case of Shirley Tan. GLAAD helped pitch several stories and will keep up those efforts moving forward. We featured two excellent pieces in the March edition of Best & Worst of National News, a Washington Post editorial pushing for the passage of the UAFA and a San Jose Mercury News piece that humanized this issue through Shirley Tan's story. People magazine also did a great feature story on this case. Look for more media attention on this vitally important issue in the months ahead.